There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
The courtroom was well attended. As you are brought in to stand before the judge you are full of fear. Your accusers are all sitting in the room with a smug look on their faces. They know you are guilty. The reality is, you also know that you are guilty. It is only going to be a matter of minutes before the judge declares it so in front of all who are present in the courtroom.
You are in the courtroom of eternity. The judge is none other than God himself. You are thinking of ways that you can defend yourself, but as you look into his eyes you feel more naked than you have ever felt. All of your sins are read before the court. Lying. Stealing. Deceit. Dishonesty. Hatred. Jealousy. Rage. Malice. Lust. Laziness. Perversion. The list goes on for what seems hours.
The moment you have dreaded has now come. The judge is about to rule. There are tears in your eyes as you prepare for his blistering decision. He says one fateful word. Guilty. He then moves to the sentencing. Death. Eternal death. Then something happens. The room is filled with unbearable light. A man walks in wearing a simple robe. He raises his hand to ask the judge if he can speak.
You are intrigued by his hand as he raises it. It has a terrible scar, as if it had been badly punctured. This man stands in your defense and says, "Heavenly Father, this man before you is guilty as charged. He is deserving of death. But I have given my life for his. I bled and died on the cross for all of these charges that are leveled against him. Please grant him eternal life and complete forgiveness."
Read the verse above. No condemnation means that you stand before God the Father as an innocent man. You are guilty as sin. But you are forgiven, and your sins will never be held against you. The punishment was paid by Christ. If you are in Christ Jesus, there is no condemnation. Praise his name.