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The Blame

Once in high school biology, we were to go up to the front to get samples from jars with an eyedropper to put on slides and study under a microscope. The teacher had stepped out for a few minutes and in the spirit of high school camaraderie, I accidently knocked over a jar of something. When the teacher returned, he saw the jar nearly empty and angrily asked who knocked it over. I was afraid of his anger and couldn’t say anything. No one in the class said anything even though half a dozen students knew what had happened. No one volunteered or offered an explanation or took the blame. He asked again and I burst into tears and confessed.

One day, God will call us all together and each of us will have to stand before Him. Satan will angrily and accusingly read a list of sins we’ve committed – the entire list of small and large offenses. There we’ll be – standing before God, listening to Satan telling the entire universe what an awful person we are, embarrassed by all the sins no one else ever knew about.

I wonder how God’s face will look. There will be the anger of a holy God at such vile, abhorrent sin, but there will also be the pity of His love. The longer our list, the worse our list, the greater our fear of punishment will grow. Finally, we will burst into tears and confess.

However, an amazing thing will happen for those who here on earth have already confessed, asked for and received God’s forgiveness when Satan begins to read our list of sins. Jesus’ voice will sound out “I committed those sins and I was punished for each and every one.” The gavel will drop. God will declare, “Case dismissed!” We will be dumbfounded that anyone would be willing to take the blame for every thing that we’ve ever done wrong. We will turn to Jesus and finally understand the pain and agony He went through in Gethsemane and at Calvary. True love and gratitude will well up in our hearts and fill our entire new being for eternity.

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