The Balance of Justice

by Kristen McNulty

I deamed I found myself standing in a courtroom. To my right was the most evil-looking person I had ever seen. At the front of the roomstood a balance. I'd seen this type of balance many times before, alwaysassociated with a courtroom. "The balance of justice," I believesome called it. It stood empty on a table right in front of the grand bench theJudge sat behind.

The Judge banged His gravel, indicating the start of thiscourt session, and motioned towards the person on my right to begin. Heapproached the balance and began to speak: "Your honor, my name is Satanand today I will prove that she"-pointing an accusing finger atme-"is guilty of many sins and should be punished by death, as sostated in Romans 6, clause 23." Satan paused and when the Judge motionedfor him to go on, he brought out a huge stack of cards and stood before thebalance. One by one he read each card aloud, and when he was done with each, heplaced it on one of the balance trays.

He started with a card from May 9, 1983-my birthdate:"On this day, Adam's sin was passed onto her," Satan saidwith a sneer. He then proceed to read a card for each day of my life,cataloguing each sin. I was mortified to sit there and be reminded of each evilthing I had done: "...August 2, 1987, lied to her parents, stole from hersister, went outside when she was told not to..." and on and on." Istared at the floor as Satan recounted every time I'd lied, cheated,betrayed, lusted, forsaken. It seemed as though he read those cards for aneternity, and the stack on the balance was getting awfully high-so highthat it would take a huge weight on the other side to balance out my sin.

At last, Satan finished reading and swaggered back to hischair. I looked up and saw the Judge looking down at me with pity in his eyes.Then I glanced to my left and noticed another Person had entered the room. Itwas Jesus. "Do you have anything to say in her defense?" the Judgeasked. Quietly, Jesus approached the balance with a small stack of cards in Hishands. He began to read them one by one. Each card contained a record ofsomething good I had done "...she shared Me with a friend, gave money tothe homeless, showed concern for a friend..." Jesus continued readinguntil each card was done and placed on the other side of the balance.

I looked up as He placed the last card and was mortified tosee that my "good" cards barely moved my cards of sin. But thenJesus began to speak, "Before you sentence her, Father, I would like tosay something in her defense." The Judge motioned for Him to go on andJesus said: "I knew before Kristen was born that she could never outweighyour balance of justice, so I decided to pay the penalty for her. Satanmentioned Romans 6:23 but he failed to finish reading it. It says Forthe wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life throughChrist Jesus our Lord.' She's mine, Father, and I would like totake her home with me."

When Jesus finished speaking, He stretched out His handtowards the record of my sins and just as His hand was over it, a drop of bloodfell from His nail-pierced hand. As soon as the blood hit the first card, thewhole stack disappeared and the balance instantly shifted. Jesus turned to lookat me and said, "I did this just for you." Tears were in my eyes asthe Judge looked down at me and said, "I can find no fault in you. Well done, my good and faithful servant. Eternity awaits you."

Satan dropped his head in defeat as Jesus lead me out of thecourtroom and together we walked into eternity.

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