Amanda Knox is back in the news, and her situation is a reminder to all who believe in Jesus Christ that the forgiveness of our sins is final! In 2009, Knox was convicted in an Italian courtroom of the murder of her college roommate, Meredith Kercher. Her conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011 when a higher court ruled that the prosecution had ignored vital evidence pointing to her innocence. Recently, Italy’s Supreme Court overturned the acquittal and has insisted that Knox return to Italy to undergo yet another trial on the charge that she and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, killed Kercher when a sexual encounter among the three turned violent.
I have no idea if Knox is guilty or innocent (but the evidence appears to suggest the latter). What I do know with absolute certainty is that no Christian will ever have his/her verdict overturned by some higher court. There is no court more “supreme” than that of God to which someone, such as Satan, might appeal. His verdict is final. Here is why.
Unlike Amanda Knox, who likely is innocent of the crime with which she is charged, we are all guilty! No one can dispute the evidence. The record of our sin is exhaustive and unimpeachable. So why are we declared innocent and forgiven of our sin? Why is there no possibility that we will ever have our acquittal overturned and be summoned to appear once again in the courtroom of either earth or heaven?
The glorious answer is this: Jesus Christ has appeared in that courtroom on our behalf, has been declared guilty of all our sins, and has suffered the full penalty that such sins demand. Every dictate of divine justice has been satisfied by Jesus in our stead. No charges remain to hold us captive. The verdict of the court is loud and clear: innocent!
But there’s more! Not only have we been acquitted of all guilt and sin and set free from all punishment, but the righteousness of Jesus has been credited to us. We are no