Imagine yourself on death row. You've been there for eight years and you've exhausted nearly all your appeal opportunities. You were placed at the murder by eyewitnesses but they must have confused you with someone else because you weren't there...you just couldn't prove where you were with your own witnesses. Your future has compressed to a few days, or possibly weeks. Your opportunities in life seem gone. Your enjoyment of life has evaporated. Your relationships have come down to a few dedicated friends and family members. Life has become consumed with death. But then the real murderer surfaces. Unhinged by the prospect of an innocent man taking his punishment he steps forward, confesses and reveals details of the crime that only the killer could have known. You are declared innocent and walk out the prison door. How will you look at life from that day on?
We all have been on death row and the smell of death has permeated every aspect of our lives. Ahead of us lies only judgment and we truly are guilty. We may try to shove death into the recesses of our minds...but it is always there. But then appears Jesus to accept our penalty, despite His innocence. We grasp the meaning of this freedom and walk out this prison door. How shall we look at life from this day on?
Hebrews 2:14-15 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.