“Not Guilty”

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Two major news stories this week revealed several indictments and an unexpected guilty plea. On Monday, special counsel Robert Mueller announced charges against two individuals, and the guilty plea of a third, regarding Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. And, on Wednesday, terrorism charges were brought against the man who killed eight people and injured twelve with a truck in New York City. Indictments and guilty pleas are headlining news. But, when was the last time a person’s innocence made the front page?

The greatest “not guilty” announcement ever issued is found in Romans chapter 8. Addressing the Christian life, and the change in our nature and standing before God that comes with conversion, Paul declares, “…there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” In other words, when we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord, our identity as believers is now found in Him and we receive the opposite of what we deserve — God’s grace and forgiveness of our sins!

Take a few minutes today to thank God for sending Jesus Christ to take the punishment for your sins, so you would receive the verdict, “Not Guilty!”