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TITLE: The Fine

OBJECT: A speed limit sign

DOCTRINE: Justification

STORY WITH THE OBJECT

I love to drive and I used to drive a lot across Spain. One day I was driving from Salamanca to Castellón when I realized that after passing a car, someone took my picture. It surprised me because I am not famous or even that good-looking. But it was really a radar that had caught me going 140 km/hr and I got a fine.

TRANSITION TO THE SPIRITUAL

I could not argue with the policeman by saying, “I always obey the traffic lights, I stop at all the stop signs, I normally drive the speed limit, and generally I am a good driver.” Doing good things does not take away my guilt when I break the traffic laws.  This is true of our lives, as well.

THE PROBLEM (LAW)

One day we will be evaluated by another law because we will all die one day and face judgment before God. We will be judged by His laws. You know the laws: Do not lie, do not steal, do not covet, love God above all other things. Every time you have broken one of these laws, you deserve a fine. My traffic fine was 100 euros, but the fine we will have to pay before God is eternal. Imagine the fine you have accumulated throughout your entire life.

THE CONSEQUENCES (ETERNITY)

I had two options to pay my fine: I could pay it myself, or someone else could pay it for me. The same is true with our fine before God. You can pay it yourself, but at the end of your life you will pay your fine by being eternally separated from God in a horrible place called hell.

THE SOLUTION (CROSS)

The other option is that someone else pay your fine, but it would have to be someone who doesn’t have their own fine to pay. The ONLY person who could do that for you is Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose again to pay your fine and mine.

THE CALL (REPENTANCE AND FAITH)

If you want Jesus to pay your fine, you must turn your back on your sin and turn your life over to Him. If you do this with all your heart, He will transform your life and the day you stand before God, He will accept you into His house with all your debts paid. What will you choose to do today?

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