Not Guilty

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

Romans 4:18-25

I want you to try to put yourself in the shoes of a criminal. You’re on trial. In fact, final arguments have been made. The jury is now deliberating and you’re waiting. You’re waiting for the verdict.

And here’s the thing. You did it. Whatever you’re on trial for—you did it. All the evidence points to you. You know what the verdict is going to be. Guilty. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in prison…

But what if the jury comes back and declares you not guilty of all the charges made against you? Can you imagine what it would feel like to walk out of that courtroom, free?! Can you imagine what it would be like to hear the verdict "not guilty" when you deserve to hear "guilty?"

This is why Jesus matters. He's the only one to ever live who deserved to hear a "not guilty" verdict. And yet, he received a "guilty" verdict. Jesus suffered the punishment we deserve, all so we could be declared "not guilty."

Join us this Sunday to dig into the verdict that gets us into heaven!

God's blessings on your weekend,

Pastor Z.