“Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood.”
Revelation 1:5 (NIVUK)
Perhaps you remember reading the story a few years ago of the two brothers freed due to modern DNA testing?
It happened in North Carolina. One brother was on death row and the other in life imprisonment because they had been convicted of a murder that had taken place 30 years before the DNA test, but a new analysis of DNA taken from a cigarette butt found at the scene of the crime showed that they had not done it. The brothers were declared not guilty.
A judge summed up the case in this way: “based on significant new evidence that they are, in fact, innocent.” The brothers thanked Jesus for the outcome, and said that throughout their imprisonment that had kept the faith.
Interestingly, the story of Jesus is about our innocence. Of course, none of us is innocent. We have made mistakes and sinned. All of us have. Jesus decided to let his blood be shed, to let his DNA cover us if you will, to give us a clean start with God. The cross is significant evidence that declares us innocent.
When the Carolina brothers were freed, they decided, having received the new judgment, to let God continue to bless them.
Maybe we should do the same.
Having been declared innocent through the blood of Jesus, let’s go forward together into a better future, united in Christ.
Thank you, Father, that Jesus died for me and that his blood has set me free. In Jesus’ name.
Study by James Henderson
From Day By Day: http://www.daybyday.org.uk/