05 Nov Guilty or Not Guilty
One of the biggest things in the news, recently, has been the trial of George Zimmerman in regards to the death of Trayvon Martin. I’m not here to condemn or condone either man. The facts are a 17 year old boy was shot and killed by a 29 year old man. Concerning Trayvon, a mother and father lost a son, a brother lost a brother, many lost a friend and a student. It’s just not the natural order of things when a child dies before their parents. As Pastors, we’ve done many, many funerals for parents who are burying their offspring and it’s one of the hardest, if not the hardest, tasks to do. At these memorials, internally, I’m wishing I had a “magic wand” I could wave and make all things better for the family. Sadly, that’s not reality. Regarding Mr. Zimmerman, he lost his job and his school expelled him due to safety concerns. He, along with his wife and parents have had to go into hiding. I cannot even begin to imagine how I would feel or act if my child or my spouse did something that gained national attention, so much to the point that I had to enter some sort of witness protection program. The Sanford Police Department, the Prosecuting attorneys, the defense attorneys, the witnesses, and the jury have not left unscathed neither. This tragedy has shifted their lives forever and they will never, ever be the same.
There was a man who came to this earth 2,000 years ago. His life was sinless, his life was perfect. His name was Jesus, conceived by The Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. God, the Creator of the Universe, “was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:9 He knew no sin so we could be righteous before God. He walked and taught like no man, yet, was rejected, despised, hated, and even called a devil. He was brought before a kangaroo court at night, mocked, spit at, beaten beyond recognition and found guilty of blasphemy because He claimed He was the Son of God. Even His closest friends denied Him. Pilate, the prosecuting attorney during that time, informed Him of all the witnesses that had spoken against Him and Christ said nothing. The gavel came down, He was found guilty, and crucified. All this was done within a 24 hour period.
This God-Man was nailed upon a Cross between two thieves with the religious leaders, of that day, believing they were doing God’s Will and going God’s Way. If truth be told we are no different today. We’ve become a riotous people who demand “our way”. Whatever it takes and whomever we hurt along the way, it doesn’t matter. Our hatred for our fellowman skews or clouds our thinking, so much so, we’d kill thinking we are doing God a favor. Jesus was so hated that, “they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads” Matt. 27:34.
The spotless, innocent Lamb, the Perfect Sacrifice, shed His Blood and died at the perfect time. This was all done for you and for me. A perfect, sinless life for a tainted, wretched sinner upon acceptance by faith of Jesus Christ as The Only Savior for all mankind.
At Heritage Christian Center we sing a song called “At The Cross” by Randy and Terry Butler. There’s a line in the song that says, “The wrongs we have done. And the wrongs done to us. Were nailed there with Him, there on The Cross.” We’ve all wronged someone and we’ve all been wronged by somebody.
In The Word of God, Paul writes, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23. Not only have we come short, but as long as we are on this earth we will continue to come short.
All of us are George Zimmerman, all of us are Trayvon Martin. We all stand guilty, but I choose to follow The Man with the nail scars in His Hands, and before God, I plead The Blood.