Finally, the day approaches and you enter the court room. It’s very quiet as the judge is reading something with a very serious look on his face. Is it your summons you wonder? As you sit waiting, you become very anxious and concerned as you realize that this judge alone will determine your fate. You’re nervous because you know that you’re guilty, there’s no question about it … you violated the law and now you have to pay the penalty. Suddenly your name is called and it’ s your time to go before the judge. You rise to your feet, and walk over to your place in front of the judge. He says your name and looks straight into your eyes. He asks if you did in fact violate the law. You reply, “Yes sir, I did.” He then says, “You realize that there’s a payment for your violation?” to which you answer, “Yes, I do.”
All of a sudden you hear the courtroom door closing behind you. You don’t dare turn around. The room is so silent, you could hear a pin drop. Suddenly, you feel someone gently put their hands on your shoulders and move you to the side. He says to the judge, “I will take their place. I will pay the penalty for their breaking the law.” The judge looks to you and asks with surprise in his voice, “Do you accept this person’s offer to pay the penalty of breaking the law for you?” Still shocked with what has happened and what is being offered, you respond .... “Who is this person and why is he doing this?”
It’s Jesus. He’s come to take your place. He took your place to pay the price for that violation. You no longer have to face the penalty ... He’s paid it for you!
The same is true for all the wrong things you’ve done or will do so that you can be in a relationship with God. You violated the law. Jesus has taken your place and paid the price by dying on the cross for your sins. You don’t have to pay for your sins . . . He already has!