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My Day In Court

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 have a 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 have 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 that
I told, things that I stole
and in the past when I 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,
even my own lawyer,
as the Devil told of sins that
even I had completely forgotten about.

As upset as I was at Satan for telling
all these things about me,
I was equally upset at my representative
who sat there silently not offering
any form of defense at all.
I know I had been 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've 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

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 my Savior.

He stopped
at the bench and softly said to the judge
"Hi Dad" and then he turned to
address the court.
"Satan was correct in saying
that this man had sinned,
I won't deny any of these allegations.
And yes the wages of sins is death
and this man deserves to be punished"

Jesus took a deep breath and
turned to his Father with out-stretched 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."
My Lord continued with
"His name is written
in the book of life and no one
can snatch him from me.

Satan still does not understand yet,
this man is not to be given justice
but rather mercy."
As Jesus sat down,
He quietly 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 lead
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
my instructions where
to go next
"Have you ever lost a case."
Christ lovingly smiled and said
"Everyone that has come to me
and asked me to represent them
has received the same verdict as you,
Paid in Full."


Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall,
But God's always ready to answer your call.
He knows every heartache, sees every tear,
A word from His lips can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish at dawn's early light.
The Savior is waiting somewhere above,
To give you His grace and send you His love.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
God always sends rainbows after the rain.

Author Unknown

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