Performance//Verdict … Verdict//Performance
When does a judge ever give a verdict before hearing the list of offenses? When does a Broadway musical get a raving review before the show hits the stage? Never. Even other world religions work so diligently on their performances in order to achieve a good verdict for themselves.
God has actually given us our verdict without even looking at our performance.
It’s kind of like extremely dedicated sports fans, who—win or lose—will go to the grave supporting their team. Like the Toronto Maple Leafs for example… it doesn’t seem logical, but the consistent support and unwavering dedication of these fans exists, despite a long loosing streak and current statistics.
And soccer fans everywhere have been buying country flags to support their World Cup team of choice. They purchase these flags and wave them high before a game even starts. They give their support, their verdict, before their team even hits the field.
When we place our faith in Christ, we trade in our verdict for His.
That’s the transaction that took place when Jesus’ took our place on the cross.
He took our guilty verdict, paid the price, and in return, gave us His perfect verdict.
Death for Life.
Sin for Righteousness.
It’s a free gift.
Faith in Christ gives you His perfect not-guilty verdict before your performance even begins.
Now that’s Good News.
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