“Argh those bloomin’ parking tickets!”
I’m sure you’re really well behaved with parking and have never broken the rules – but I have… a few times if I’m honest, although on one occasion I had been ticketed and I was actually genuinely innocent – and I could prove it.
Thankfully after a bit of effort and some evidence I was able to get the fine revoked.
It did get me thinking though…
In this situation the onus was on me to contest my parking fine, even though I was wrong as far as the local authority was concerned I was guilty until proven innocent, they weren’t making any effort to fight my corner – they were just waiting for the fine to be paid.
My relationship with God is a bit like that – I have broken rules and as such I incurred quite a hefty fine, a penalty that needed to be paid, in fact we all have:
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3 v 23
We’ve all been caught out and found guilty, in fact, the bible says we have no excuses:
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Romans 1 v 18-21
And the penalty that is owed is a heavy one:
“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6 v 23
The good news is that there is one massive difference between what happened with my parking ticket and what happens with God.
I had to pursue the local authority to clear my name, it was up to me to chase up my case and fight for my innocence just so I could be let off a petty £25 fine.
But as I stand before God then I have no defence, I actually am guilty. If the onus were on me to fight for my innocence then I would have no hope.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ.” Ephesians 2 v 4 – 5
Scandalously God fights my corner for me! He puts the onus on Himself.
It’s not about how hard we fight or how much we chase – it’s all about Him who stooped from Heaven to pay the penalty on our behalf. He paid that death penalty that we’ve talked about.
I didn’t think that Kings behaved this way?!
I’ve already quoted Romans 6 v 23, but I only quoted the first half, the whole verse reads like this:
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
This is breathtaking, have you ever heard of something so scandalous?