Have you ever been accused of something when you were completely innocent? The time that stands out in my mind was a traffic ticket. Now don't get me wrong ... I've had plenty of traffic tickets when I was pretty much guilty. But this time, I was completely innocent.
When pulled over for speeding (I was guilty as charged of that violation) they also charged me with a seat-belt violation, because I had removed my seat-belt after being pulled over to get my wallet out of my hip pocket. I was willing to pay the fine for the speeding violation, but unwilling to take the rap for the seat-belt violation. I had three witnesses in the car who could testify to my innocence, and I went to court along with them and a lawyer who convinced the judge to drop the charge.
I was completely innocent of that seat-belt violation... but that doesn't make me an "innocent man." Of all the men who ever lived, only ONE deserved the title "innocent man." Jesus was the only person to live His entire life without doing anything wrong. Yet, He was arrested, tried, convicted, tortured, and condemned to a death reserved for the worst of all criminals.
Related Text Illustrations
Contributed by James Wilson on Nov 22, 2000
"Excessive worry, or what I call toxic worry, can make you sick, it can cut down your enjoyment of life, and it can hamper your productivity. Toxic worry is bad for every system in your body: it increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, it impairs digestion, it causes shortness of breath, ...read more
Contributed by Richard Jones on Nov 3, 2000
A Christian doctor carried out an interesting survey recently involving his patients. As they waited in the waiting-room, they were asked to fill out a little survey on themselves. One of the questions asked was “What is your number one wish?” On analyzing the ...read more
Contributed by Timothy Peck on Feb 1, 2001
For many people today the spiritual journey is filled with crushing burdens. I think of the character Rodrigo from the 1986 academy award winning movie The Mission. Rodrigo, played by Robert DeNiro, portrays a slave trader who kills his brother in a fit of rage. He’s filled with such terrible ...read more
Contributed by Jeeva Sam on Mar 20, 2001
Lewis B. Smedes writes in his book: Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve: "If we say that monsters [people who do terrible evil] are beyond forgiving, we give them a power they should never have...they are given the power to keep their evil alive in the hearts of those who ...read more
Contributed by Gerald Cornelius on Mar 27, 2001
One man was always worrying. He worried about his children, his job, his wife, his health. One day a friend of this man noted that he was extremely calm and peaceful. "Why are you so calm?, he asked. "You always worry about every-thing. What happened?" The former worrier replied, "I just hired a ...read more