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Could he ever be free?

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    Could he ever be free?
    By: Maxine M.

    The headlines were all about a social leader who was murdered last night
    Down at the police station tips kept pouring in, new data coming to light
    Reporters were calling for information; to break the story 1st was their delight

    Circumstantial evidence all pointed to Ted, the victim’s off-beat brother-in-law
    Facts were misinterpreted, family and acquaintances told about his fatal flaw
    So he was arrested, put on trial, the courtroom awaited for what conclusion the jury would draw

    He was found GUILTY!! Sentenced to years in prison, BUT Ted hadn’t done this evil deed
    Anger and bitterness grew in his heart; why wouldn’t anyone, his cry of innocence, heed
    Why would the true murderer be allowed to go free, their hidden actions succeed

    Why was he paying for someone else’s crime…it just wasn’t fair
    He pondered daily how he had ended up in this situation, this horrible stigma wear
    Would the TRUTH ever come out, because only by TRUTH will this injustice receive repair

    So day after day Ted’s discouragement ate away at the thoughts of his mind
    The unfairness he was suffering, how could the court & society have been so blind?
    Where in this cold, damp, dreary prison cell, could he, hope of unbiased treatment find?

    Then one day someone’s radio was tuned to a program; he listened to what this Reverend had to say
    He was telling how the very SINLESS Son of God came to earth as a baby one day
    How He grew to manhood; in everything He did, His Father’s demands He’d obey

    He went about teaching, healing, helping the poor, God’s message of love He’d broadcast
    Warning of Judgement coming down the road, that the consequences of sins are vast
    His words penetrated to the very depth of the human soul…words that will forever last

    Jealous “religious leaders” put Him on trial for blasphemy, but no TRUE proof could be found
    They pronounced Jesus “GUILTY” and Ted could relate to that abominable sound
    The preacher said they struck Him, whipped Him, humiliated Him and led Jesus away bound

    At the end of the radio program the Reverend asked if anyone listening wanted to accept Jesus as Lord today
    Ted felt compelled to, but thought, I want to know more of what this Jesus had to say
    Tomorrow he’d ask for a bible, perhaps some of his doubt could be turned away

    The next day a guard brought Ted a bible and he found the passages the Reverend had read
    It told him how they had CRUCIFIED Jesus, nailed Him naked to a cross, a crown of thorns pushed on His head
    It said that this was payment for OUR sins…the reason His blood was shed

    That from the cross, He’d said, “Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34); by My death their souls I can save
    Now since the tomb couldn’t hold Him, Satan was DEFEATED…we no longer need to be his slave
    Ted read of Resurrection Sunday, showing (Luke 24:6) how Jesus had conquered death and the grave

    Ted realized even though he hadn’t committed the crime which had sent him here
    He’d done plenty of other things, cheated on taxes, lied to those he held most dear
    Had paid for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion, had constantly bought teens cigarettes and beer

    Yes!! He’d done plenty of sins for which he should pay a punishable price
    He was a poor excuse of a husband, he’d never learned to take good advice
    But the preacher had said JESUS was SINLESS (1 Peter 2:22), went about doing good & being nice

    Ted felt tears welling up, considering the LOVE Jesus’ death & resurrection had shown
    How his own sins could be washed away clean…the assurance of Heaven set in stone
    Even if he never got out of this prison cell, the truth of the murder never known

    He could be FREE in his spirit, just by receiving the Gift of Salvation offered to all
    Because ALL have sinned & fallen short of God’s Glory (Romans 3:23), and need NOW to answer His call
    Ted read, Today!! is the day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2)…so he fell to his knees, facing the wall

    He asked Jesus to forgive him, be with him as his Lord, Master and Guide
    The old bitterness, anger and resentment left him, that sense of injustice suddenly died
    An inner peace filled his heart, a joy he’d never known & happiness he’d never hide

    sigpicAll poems/prose I post are written by my mom, Maxine M. (Pictured) ...given to her from our Lord. May they bless and encourage all who read. Please feel free to share them with anyone!
    Judy for Jesus