[CF Devotionals] 2018-03-28 - Christ's Guilty Plea

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For a decade-and-a-half, i worked in a District Attorney’s Office as a Crime Victim Advocate.. Because of the high volume of crime in the county where I worked, we only handled felony cases-many armed robberies, rapes, molestations, murders and other heinous crimes. If you do the math, a conservative estimate of how many cases I was involved with, would be over 30,000. In all that time, I can only remember ONE case EVER in which the defendant ADMITTED GUILT when he first came into court, and he was a man who had been on wanted for 30 years, and turned himself in. (Our office asked the judge to dismiss the charges, for he had led an exemplary life since then.) Of course, once their lawyers would find out the strong evidence we had - such as videotapes of the criminals committing the crimes, the DNA of a victim found under the perpetrator’s fingernails etc. they would sometimes change their story. Sometimes, though, they would want a plea deal to stay out of prison - wanting to say “guilty” but hoping to still claim innocence - to stay out of prison. Of course, if they did not admit the crime, the judge couldn’t legally accept their plea. You can’t have it both ways.

The excuses include “someone else did it,” or “it’s not my——-“ and you wouldn’t believe how many times people claim to have someone else’s pants or shirt on, when a probable cause search reveals drugs or some other contraband. If I only had a dollar for every time I heard “someone else did it” or “it’s not my!” Thousands, I’m sure. Judges and police hear it every single day.

We humans don’t like to admit when we have done something wrong. And we do things wrong every day. Many of us never commit a felony. But we do commit other offenses, offenses against God and our fellow human beings. We commit offenses of sharp words or selfish behavior, offenses of smearing someone’s reputation, being ungracious when we do not get our way, or being arrogant.

Every single one of us commits offenses every single day. Sometimes there are Earthly consequences, such as being held accountable by being put in prison - to effect justice and to prevent others from being victimized. Sometimes we pay for our sinful behavior with broken relationships or lost jobs. At other times, we pay with damaged health.

But we do NOT have to pay eternal consequences. For sinless, pure Christ has already done that for us. He pled guilty for us. taking all our sins on Himself on the Cross.

1 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB) He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

This is why we don’t have to have an eternal separation from God.
This is why we can have the gift of eternal life, and it is the only way in which we can do that.
This is why we have Easter. He pled guilty, died and rose for the thieves on the cross, for those who crucified Him, for me and for YOU. Have you accepted Christ’s gift of eternal life for you? If you have questions about that, feel free to contact us at Christian Fellowship Devotionals.

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All verses are from the New American Standard Version (NASB) unless otherwise noted.


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