Words from the Heart for Friday August 13th, 2021
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
In His Great Mercy
During the 18th century, the Royal prerogative of mercy was used to fill gaps in the legal system (such as the absence of a defense of insanity). As Justice Robert Sharpe, a judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, says, “The traditional view was that pardons were a safety valve that allowed for consideration of mercy and compassion in cases where the law failed to reflect understandable human frailties and where it would be dangerous or inappropriate for the law to do so formally.”
We hear of criminals throwing themselves on the mercy of the court. They admit their guilt and hope by doing so that the judge will take pity on them and either let them off, or give them a lesser sentence than they deserve. There isn’t a single human being that is free from sin – the Bible teaches this, and each of us, in moments of reflection, recognize this. The good news is that the great Judge of the universe is a God of mercy, and through Jesus, He offers that mercy to all who throw themselves on the mercy of His court. 1 Peter 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” The reason that Jesus went to the cross was because God is a God of mercy and wants to forgive us, but He is also a God of justice so couldn’t just ignore our sin. He solved this dilemma by having His own Son take the punishment we deserve. No wonder John calls it His great mercy.
These have been words from the heart.