Did Jesus Come to Save the Victim and the Offender?
You see Mercy* was a convicted murderer and in jail facing new charges. He was accused of committing a heinous crime...however, when I found out, I wept in my office like I was weeping for my own brother. I didn't want to see him leave earth that way. I prayed that God would transform his life and use him within the walls of the prison. I had to come to the realization that my thoughts are not God's thoughts and my ways are not His ways. And, the truth be told, I would rather this way, than a needle in his arm.
You see, I was there when Mercy* was seeking God. I listened when He questioned whether God could forgive a person like Him. I remember when He went down in the water in Jesus' name. I was there when He had an encounter with the Lord.
I was also there in the dark moments...when we went down memory lane. I heard the stories from childhood. I saw the hurt. I felt the pain. I witnessed the brokedness.
My friend Mercy made some poor choices. He hurt a lot of people. I wish I could take an eraser and erase his sins; however, I remembered there is someone who already did that. His name is Jesus. I am thankful for a Savior who is powerful enough to heal the broken hearts of the victim's family and loving enough to die on the cross for the offender.
I am consoled on this grieving day, that God came not for the righteous, but to lead sinners to repentance. A God who can reach as high as the corporate CEO, down to the red light districts of our towns.
You see, my heart is heavy today. I wish things would have turned out differently. But, I am consoled by the hope that one day I will see him in paradise. I am hopeful that one day we will worship together at the throne. To my friend Mercy*, I love you and this song is for you.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9LltDdi7vk
*Name has been changed to protect the identity