By Patrick Hawthorne
There once lived a young man; a scoundrel of sorts. Born into a lower middle class family, the young man scratched and clawed his way up life’s ladder, stepping on whoever might hinder him from reaching his dream of being a success. One day, upon finding himself on trial for a crime worthy of death, the young man hired a very prestigious attorney. Per the law of the land, the attorney defended his client to the best of his ability. The result was an overturn of conviction. The young man’s life was spared.
Forty years later, the young man, now turned old, found himself again before the court. As he stood with his new lawyer he recognized the Judge. It was his first lawyer.
“Oh, I’ve got this made,” he thought to himself, smiling. “Surely he will set me free.”
As the trial ensued, the evidence against the old man was overwhelming. “Bah, it matters little,” the old man thought to himself. “The Judge knows me and will surely forgive my crime.”
Upon completion of the trial, the jury set off to deliberate. No more than a few minutes had passed when the foreman sent word to the Judge that they had arrived at a verdict. Signaling for the jury to return to the courtroom, the Judge sat calmly behind the bench. Once the jury was seated, the Judge’s voice rang clear and with authority.
“How do you find the defendant?”
Standing to his feet, the foreman cleared his throat. “We find the defendant, guilty on all charges.”
Looking to the old man, the Judge asked, “Do you have anything to say before I pass your judgment?”
“Well,” the old man smirked, “Do you remember that you were once my attorney?”
“Surely that should count for something. Can’t you let me off with a light sentence?”
“Sir,” the Judge had a sad look on his face. “It is true that I was your attorney. But now I am your Judge. Had you listened to me back when I warned you to turn from your wickedness or else a great judgment would befall you, we would not be here at this moment. However, you chose to ignore my advice and must now pay for your crimes. Your penalty shall be death.”
The gavel dropped!
For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him…(Hebrews 2:2-3 NKJV)