By Roberto Ponce
By now you probably know that Conrad Murray, a high profile Houston cardiologist, was recently convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Michael Jackson’s death. The jury deliberated for eight and a half hours over two days before delivering the verdict. Murray’s lawyers asked for him to remain free on bail. However, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor did not allow bail until Murray is sentenced on November 29. Murray will be behind bars at least until he is sentenced.
Just as an earthly trial involves a time of judgment, we as Christians believe there will be a final Judgment Day. And guess who will be the ones on trial? We will—you and I.
When this earthly life ends, we will continue living an eternal life. In Matthew 25:31–46, the parable of the sheep and the goats, we learn that when Jesus returns, people will be divided into two groups. Some will be separated to the left and some to the right. Some people will be saved and will be in the presence of the Lord, and some people will be condemned to the eternal lake of fire.
Someday your name will be called up before God on His throne. If you get nervous about a client’s unexpected call for you to report on his account, imagine how you will feel when God asks you to give an account for your life. Every trial demands a sentence. There will be a Judge (God), an accuser (the Devil), and a Defender (Jesus). You will be tried for your eternal life. Revelation 12:10 mentions the salvation and power of the Kingdom of God and the authority of His Messiah. It also says there is an “accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.”
The truth is that you and I are guilty. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Yet God desires that we spend eternal life with Him: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
You don’t have to pay a price or do any works to earn your salvation because it is impossible for you to do it on your own merit—it is God’s gift (Romans 6:23). By accepting Jesus’ sacrifice and the atonement through the blood He shed on your behalf, you can be found not guilty.
Even when Jesus was dying on the cross, He was defending humankind. “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing’” (Luke 23:34).
It is comforting to know that you can have the best Defender in the universe. His name is Jesus. You don’t have to have huge sums of money or pay anything in any way, shape, or form. He already paid the price for you on the cross. All you have to do is accept Him as your Savior, as your Defender. In the end, as in any trial, the verdict will be guilty or not guilty.
This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many blessings, but I am most thankful for my salvation in Jesus.
Roberto Ponce is Director of Communications at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu