Do you remember this guy? Maybe not by face, but he's the one who took a family hostage in New Hampshire, sent the wife to the bank for ransom money, beat the tar out of the husband of the house, tied up the 17 and 11 year old daughters, killed the wife when she returned, then set the house on fire. The husband escaped and the two girls died of smoke inhalation.
He deserves the death penalty he's getting.
But do you know the difference between him and us? Not so much that he committed these atrocities; not so much that he destroyed a family. No. It's that he knows he deserves what's coming to him. You and I, on the other hand, think we deserve mercy!
This guy has simply shown what human beings are capable of doing, given the right set of circumstances...and you are not beyond its reach. We think our "petty sins" against the Almighty are nothing compared to what this animal did. Yet, those sins are more heinously gruesome to God than are this man's crimes against society. We don't hate sin nearly as much as God does, and we think our sin is minor by comparison.
We think we've been "good enough" to
deserve demand God's mercy on us. We think He somehow owes us His forgiveness. But in reality, you and I deserve justice. We deserve an eternal death penalty for our sins. Apart from Christ, we are left to bear the consequences of our own sin before the Almighty. But the Spirit of life in Christ has set us (those who abide in Christ and who are His) free from the law of sin and death. Thank God Christ would be sin on our behalf.