"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cast into the Sea: Learning from Casey Anthony

Several days ago, the question was asked, “If Casey Anthony becomes a Christian, will she ever face any divine judgment for killing her daughter”? The answer is yes and no. If Casey Anthony does indeed realize that she is a sinner in need of a Savior and turns completely from all sin, every last one of her sins will be washed away and she will spend eternity in Heaven; yet, at the same time, justice will have been paid.

The above question was obviously asked by someone with a very poor understanding of the severity of sin. God does not see sin the way we do. We as humans want to condemn Casey Anthony because she took the life of her precious two-year-old daughter. However, we forget that 1 John 3:15 says, “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” So someone who says that Casey Anthony would still be deserving of divine judgment is also saying that they most likely deserve divine judgment, as well. We see the outward appearance, but God sees the heart.

You see, the above question was also obviously asked by someone with a very poor understanding of salvation. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” It is commonly said that Jesus died for us; however, He really did much more than that. When Jesus died on that cross, He took our place. That is why I marvel at the cross, because I know that it should have been me. To say that Casey Anthony would still deserve some kind of divine judgment would be to say that what Jesus did on the cross was not enough. Justice was indeed paid on that cross.

When Jesus died on the cross, we died with Him. That is why Paul could say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20). Second Corinthians 5:17 tells us that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Not only do I not participate in the same things that I did before I became a Christian, but God has given me a brand new heart and new desires, that I might live for Him. If Casey Anthony confesses Jesus Christ as Lord of her life, she will no longer deserve judgment because she will be made a totally new person. The old Casey will have died with Christ at the cross of Calvary, but then be raised to “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4).

The Bible also strongly emphasizes that, once a person has been born again, God will nevermore hold their sins against them. Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Micah 7:19 tells us that God will cast all the sins of the forgiven “into the depths of the sea." The psalmist said, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). Too many people think of God as being someone like themselves. However, unlike us, when God forgives, He forgets.

Lastly, to say that Casey Anthony would deserve divine judgment after being born again, would be to say that what Jesus did on the cross was not enough. First John 3:5 says, “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” The key words there are “take away.” If Casey Anthony would still deserve judgment, that would mean that there would have to still be some sin there to judge. If that were true, it would mean that Christ did not do His job. Even more to the point, it would mean that God’s Word is not true. When someone says that Casey Anthony would still deserve divine judgment for killing her daughter, they are saying that God’s Word is not true, because His Word says that Jesus came to wipe away all sin.

If you are here today and you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, I want to assure you that Adrian Rogers was right when he said, “No one is so good that he need not be saved, and no one is so bad that he cannot be saved.” God has put me here to tell you today that there is no sin that can keep Him from loving you. If you will turn completely from all sin and trust Jesus alone to save you, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

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