Free at Last!

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
 
I once heard the story of Jorg Gerkner, a young Nazi prisoner of war, captured in 1943 and held in an American prison camp. He knew his guilt and felt his condemnation. Gerkner managed to escape prison and spent years living a lie for fear of being caught. He even kept the truth from his wife. Every second glance from a stranger stirred his paranoia that judgement would find him. At age 64, after confessing to his wife, Gerkner turned himself in, expecting judgment. Instead, he was released from all charges and allowed to become an American citizen.
Romans 1-4 tells us that we are like this convict. We feel a measure of freedom in this life, but our guilt hovers over everything. We feel our day in court is coming. We will face the Judge! We say to ourselves, God won’t let us off so easy. We have committed treason against God, punishable by eternal separation in hell. 
The greatest words we can ever hear are that we have been cleared of all charges in the courts of heaven. Understanding why is even greater: Christ Jesus loves us, “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus.”
Prayer: At the the cross, You took my guilt and served my sentence, Lord Jesus. I can never thank You enough!