Ray Hinton, 58 of Alabama, who served 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit is free. As he was leaving Birmingham Jail, he was heard to say, “Thank-you Jesus.” Think of it- a wrongful conviction because of human error or worse cost this man 30 years of his life. How different it is with the Heavenly Father. One old Testament writer asked the rhetorical question, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” The answer is that He always does right. But there is another interesting fact that is in stark contrast to the sad story of innocent Ray Hinton’s release. He got the freedom He deserved and should have had long ago. I refer to the fact that all of us are guilty of wrong-doing before God, just like the two thieves on the Cross. Not one of us can claim that we are not sinners by nature and by choice. But because Jesus died on that Cross, He has made freedom for the guilty possible. Peter, himself forgiven, wrote, of Jesus, “He died the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God.” Though we are guilty, Jesus offers to make us free.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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