After living a "decent" life, my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and take my seat by the defense table.
As I looked around, I saw the prosecutor. He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I had ever seen.
I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle-looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me. The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn't take my eyes off of him. As he took his seat behind the bench he said "Let us begin."
The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies I had told, things I had stolen, and when I had cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.
I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, not even my own lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten.
As upset as I was with Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset with my representative who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I knew I was guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I had done.
Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell - he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day."
When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned him to come forward.
As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar. This was Jesus representing me, my Lord and Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge, "Hi Dad."
Then he turned to address the court: "Satan is correct in saying that this man has sinned. I won't deny any of these allegations. And yes the wage of sin is death and this man deserves to be punished."
Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed:
"However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine. His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from me.
"Satan does not understand yet that this man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He paused, looked at his Father, and replied, "There is nothing else that needs to be done; I've done it all".
The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the following words bellowed from his lips:
"This man is free - the penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed." As my Lord led me away I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up; I'll win the next one."
I asked Jesus as he gave me instructions on where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone who has come to me and asked me to represent them has received the same verdict as you - paid in full."
Oh what a blessing! There is no greater commandment than to love your neighbor as yourself!
Pass this on to anyone you consider a friend.
Passing this on to one not considered a friend as well is something Jesus would do.
Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this right now! Lord, show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace & mercy. Where there is self-doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them.
Where there is tiredness or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, patience, & strength as they learn submission to Your leading. Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You.
Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to them Your courage.
Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over their lives.
Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them. Give each of them discernment to recognize the demonic forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat them, I ask You to do these things in Jesus' name!