This morning Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. There has already been a great outcry against this verdict and people have begun to sharply criticize the jury who rendered the judgement. The general consensus of the nation was that Anthony was guilty of murdering her daughter and that the jury would render such a judgement. In fact, I have already heard people compare this judgement to the OJ Simpson trial. The main premise of this rebuke, there was just too much evidence which pointed to the fact that she was guilty let her go free.
Does that make you mad?
Does it make you mad that a guilty person could be pardoned?
Well that was my first reaction until I realized that before God I am worse than Casey Anthony. God does not have to speculate about my guilt, He already knows it. Before God I am a sinner who deserves wrath, an enemy who deserves to be executed. But God, has provided me (and you) a way to escape His judgement. That way is Jesus. Look here at Romans as see these things outlined:
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
(Romans 5:6-11 ESV)
You see while we were sinners, while we were weak, while we were ungodly, while we were His enemies God’s showed His love for us and Christ died for us. We are the guilty that are set free. We are the enemies who are released. We are the ungodly who are reconciled.
I want to encourage you that as you come across reports about this case, use it to remind yourself of what Jesus did to save you from the wrath of God.