Micah 6:1-4, 6-8;Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23 Matthew 12:38-42
“The Lord has a plea against his people.” (Micah 6:2)
When we picture the Last Judgment, we often see a stern-faced God in regal robes. Trembling in terror, each of us is dragged into the courtroom in chains to face the punishment we deserve for all the sins we have committed in our lifetime. We despair of ever scraping together enough to pay whatever fine we feel we must owe.
Suddenly the scene shifts! The stern judge smiles softly and removes his robe. He asks you to step up to the bench, put on the robe, and take the gavel. Then the judge steps down and sits in the docket. “What is your accusation against me?” he asks. “How have I disappointed you?”
You, the former prisoner, are speechless. You dimly remember times you have blamed God for things in your life that didn’t go quite the way you expected, but at the moment, you can’t come up with a single convincing complaint. You are in awe over the fact that God would humble himself so deeply.
“No,” you insist, “I’m the guilty one. Any sentence you impose is more than just. In fact, I can’t think of any punishment that could possibly make up for all my wrongdoing.”
The judge takes up the papers containing the charges against you and stamps them Paid in Full. Despite your objections, he takes out another stamp. Case Dismissed. Then he puts his arm around your shoulders. “Enough of this courtroom drama,” he says. “It wasn’t my idea in the first place. Let’s have a party instead so that we can celebrate your homecoming.”
You continue to protest. “Surely there must be something I can do to show you how sorry I am. You can’t just set me free like this. I didn’t do anything to earn this pardon!”
“No, you didn’t,” the judge assures you. “But that doesn’t matter. But from this point on, let’s agree to do justice, to love goodness and to walk humbly together.”
Spend some time prayerfully imagining yourself in this scene. Yes, the Lord has a plea against you—he is pleading for you to know how much he loves you!
“Heavenly Father, your love is overwhelming! How can I possibly grasp its depths?” ~wau