«There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death» (Romans 8: 1, 2).
JUAN LIVED in Maryland in the United States and worked hard to support his family. Like so many others, he was an undocumented immigrant. One day, a policeman ordered him to stop his car and asked for his driver’s license, something he did not have. The policeman then wrote up the report and said that he should watch for the summons that he would receive shortly, Juan would have to be brought to justice.
He went to that first trial, and his lawyer asked the judge for a postponement so that Juan could get his license. The request, however, was denied since Juan had another trial pending for a minor infraction. Thus, he was summoned to court for a second time. On that second day of trial, the policeman who had brought charges against him did not come before the judge, so the judge told Juan he could leave, but he had to appear at a third trial.
On the day of the third trial, Juan had two other infractions against him. First, he had been stopped again because one of the lights on his vehicle was burnt out. However, that was not the worst of his troubles: a short time later, Juan had received a phone call from his country, El Salvador, that broke his heart. His mother had just died. He was depressed at not being able to go to the funeral and spent the night weeping. In the morning, he took his vehicle and drove at full speed; on his way back home, his senses, clouded by pain and fatigue, made him crash into a wall. Once again, he was stopped by a policeman who added the new record to his file. What more could happen to Juan?
He arrived at the fourth trial and his lawyer said to him, «There is nothing I can do for you, Juan.»
However, Juan, whose life was cemented in Christ, believed in prayer. When the judge sat down and opened the record, it was clean! There was no record against him.
«You are acquitted, Juan,» sentenced the judge.
When the Judge comes, He will also say to you: «You are acquitted»—not because you have never committed any crime, but because He has erased them all with His blood.