How God Amends a Ticket

Romans 8:2
“For the law of the Spirit of life has set
you free in Christ Jesus from the law
of sin and death.”  ESV

                It was a cold and foggy night.  I was tired, and the sign lit up saying, “SLOW DOWN!” in blinking red lights, tattooing my retinas.  I slowed down, but hit the gas too early because I wanted to get home.   Then a law enforcement vehicle emerged from the fog like a lion on the Serengeti coming out of the bushes.  He lights me up.

                “Sir, do you know why I pulled you over?”

                “Because this is a small-town speed-trap, you’re bored, and you get your jollies ruining people’s day by giving them a ticket.”  I’m just kidding.  I replied with some feeble excuse.

                As he was writing the ticket he said, “You know… you can talk to the attorney.  He might ‘amend’ the ticket.”  Sure enough, that’s what I did, and that’s what happened.  I paid the same fine, but it doesn’t show up on my driving record as a speeding ticket.

                Make fun of lawyers all you want, but at the end of the day, Jesus Christ is our attorney in heaven.  We take the sinful package of our life, totally deserving of eternal separation from God, and a lifetime of bondage to guilt, shame, and fear, to Christ by faith.  He amends the ticket of condemnation, and says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1).  Do you know why it says that?  Read the verse after the title of this article.

                The law of the Spirit of life that is found in Christ has more power and authority than our sin.  Just like an earthly lawyer possessing the power and authority to amend a traffic ticket, where we don’t.  Jesus has paid the price to amend the ticket of our condemnation to no condemnation forever.

By Aaron F. Jeffers

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