Today a jury convicted Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes on Thursday in the 2012 massacre that killed 12 people and injured 70, and he could now face the death penalty.
Susan and I sat here glued to our television as each verdict was read aloud from Arapahoe County District Chief Judge Carlos Samour Jr.; as I am sure everyone in the Denver and Denver Metro area as well as most of America.
There was never a moment when anyone asked if Holmes was really guilty or not. Oddly enough when I heard GUILTY, I thought to myself, I am guilty. We are all guilty of sin in God’s court of law. The Apostle Paul states in:
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (NIV).
As Chief Judge Carlos Samour Jr. read each verdict I thought how God could sit there and read the verdict of guilty at every one of my sins. This could take another lifetime to do.
For James Holmes we will now wait for his sentence. It could be life in prison or even the death penalty. All of this to come in the next couple weeks.
As Christians our day of judgment will be much different. Since Jesus Christ died for our sins, when God looks to read our offenses He will find nothing and will tell us we are released to go (to Heaven). Praise be to God.
But what if we had never given ourselves to God about and asked Jesus Christ to forgive us and to be not only our advocate to God, but to atone for our sins?
The sentencing would sound much of what we heard today on our televisions. James Holmes never had to hear the judge say what he had to today, and nether do you on your judgment day.
Decide today to give your whole self to Jesus Christ today so your day of judgment will be one of celebration and welcome into Heaven through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ OUR Savior.
John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)