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Topic: TRIAL (05/10/18)
- TITLE: The Trial of a Lifetime
By Donna Powers
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"I’m standing outside the courtroom, where the Judge is soon expected to deliver His sentence. The suspense is palpable; everyone in the courtroom realizes that this well-liked man may soon receive the ultimate penalty.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we all know the Judge is fair, but we also know the penalty for breaking these laws is death. But surely, a good man like Joe - who is well-known for his selfless acts of charity and his weekly attendance at church - won’t be sentenced to death.
"Just a moment, ladies and gentlemen; I'm hearing news from the courtroom. Well, ladies and gentlemen: the verdict is as we’ve feared. Joe Everyman has been condemned to death. This is a sad day, my friends. But I’m going inside the courtroom. Perhaps we will be allowed to speak to Joe before his sentence is carried out. I’m entering the courtroom now... and... there he is! He seems to be weeping, and who can blame him? But, what’s this? Why, he has no shackles or guards! How can they allow a condemned prisoner to sit there without shackles? Well, let’s see for ourselves.
"Good evening, Joe. I can only imagine your feelings on this tragic time, but here you are without your shackles. Would you like to give our viewers a comment?"
"I certainly would, Paul. I can't keep this to myself. I was condemned, just as you've heard. The Judge looked right at me and told me my offenses carry the penalty of death, and that I was condemned to die. But, just as I was about to be carried away, the Judges' Son came into the courtroom."
"His Son? I've heard about Him. What was He like?"
"It's hard to explain, Paul. He's unlike anyone else. But He walked in and looked right at me. And I felt as if He knew all about my crimes; yet cared deeply about me, just as I am. He asked me if I would follow Him. How could I say 'no'?.' I could not help but be drawn to Him, despite my agony at facing a sure death. I humbly said 'yes'. And then, he spoke to the Judge. He said, 'I have paid for this man's crimes. Place his penalty upon me.' And then the Judge looked at me, and I felt that same love and acceptance I'd felt, from His Son. The Judge said, "Joe, you have been forgiven and you are free. Now go and follow in the Way of my Son."
"What does that mean?"
"I don't know yet, but I believe I must find out. I have been sitting here; overwhelmed by the enormity of my freedom, and waiting to learn what it means to follow the Judge's Son."
"How will you know what to do or where to go?"
"While I was in prison, one of the guards spoke of a Book. He said he draws guidance from this Book, and that it helps him learn more about the Judge. I feel strongly that my answers are in that Book. I am now free, but I will be allowed to go back to the prison to gather my belongings. While I'm there, I hope to see that guard and ask him more about this Book."
"Well, good luck to you, Joe. I pray you find what you are seeking. Ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here. Joe was condemned to death, but freed by the generous grace of the Judges' Son. What can this mean for all of us? I plan to look into this question and I hope to be back with more information in my evening report. This is Paul F. Tarsis, bringing you this amazing good news from the Trial of the Century."
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