Ultimate in Christmas Cheer:  My Pardon from the Death Penalty 

We have all likely heard varying reports of a little Christmas cheer occurring after a traffic court judge used his authority to suspend the fines of traffic violators during Christmas. A penalty is due when the law is broken, so what a gift to stand before the judge and hear the fine for your traffic violation has been removed.

From a law broken, there is a consequence. I understand that. I have stood before a judge for my own traffic indiscretion. I plead guilty, and I paid my penalty. Although I have not been on the receiving end of such a generous offer to have my traffic fine removed, I can only imagine the relief and joy I would feel to have my transgression pardoned especially at Christmas.

I wonder though, have there ever been any traffic violators stand in the courtroom and hear the judge extend such a pardon, but they reject the generous gift?

Would you be willing to accept such a pardon by the judge?

My Pardon from the Death Penalty 

Much more than the minor pardon from traffic court, this Christmas, I am celebrating the ultimate pardon from the death penalty.

You see, any portion of God’s law being broken actually breaks the complete law.

Taking just a quick look at the Ten Commandments (God’s Law), I realize that as minor as it may seem to struggle with and then to actually break a simple commandment such as ‘do not covet’, I have broken His law….His whole Law. I am guilty of breaking them all if I just break one.

So with a simple calculation, I immediately realize I am guilty for the crime I have committed. A crime with serious penalty:

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal lifethrough Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

God is God. And, the breaking of His Law requires the punishment that He demands, death.

Death.

He demands it.

Hence, we may know the seriousness and importance of His Law.  “Oh, let not the devil succeed in persuading you that sin is a small matter,”  J.C. Ryle

But within the above Romans 6:23, I am so very thankful for the gift of God that He has supplied through Jesus Christ our Lord. For by Jesus, the penalty of death has been met. The death of a sinless One taking the punishment of my sin in breaking the Law upon Himself, so I would not have to face such an unspeakable penalty.

Christ suffered, so that I wouldn’t have to be punished for my sins. His death and resurrection mean that I no longer am in debt to the penalty of the broken Law.  Jesus’ willing sacrifice of Himself on the cross and then the resurrection from the tomb assure me the price for my crime of sin has been paid….IF I accept such the pardon.

What a wonderful gift!

So this Christmas as I celebrate the birth of Jesus with so many, I also cling to the promise of such a wonderful gift a pardon granted through His perfect life lived, the unspeakable and agonizing death He experienced, and His glorious resurrection to accept the precious gift, that pardon for such transgressions.

Truly, what a precious a gift for us all to accept as we repent and trust the Savior (Jesus Christ) to receive the righteousness of Him, who took the punishment of sin in our place.

“And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ‭‭I John‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” I Corinthians 15:3-4 NASB

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you for such a wonderful gift through Jesus!

Thank you for removing the blindfold that blocked the my view of that gift for years. For the readers of this brief article, may You also remove their blindfolds, so they may experience the light of Your glory in Christ.

They are unable to do this on their own.

May Your Spirit help them. May they soon behold You in all Your splendor and life-transforming glory this Christmas.


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