Recently, the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri declared Officer Darren Wilson not guilty in regards to criminal charges from shooting 18-year old Michael Brown on August 9th of this year. Immediately after the announcement, protesters began their destructive rampage throughout the city. News agencies reported violence, looting, and fires being started in numerous locations.
What can we learn from this terrible tragedy in Ferguson? Sin is rampant in the world. Sin came about at the beginning of creation when human beings decided to go against the will of God. Indeed, the Bible says that sin is transgression of God’s law. In the protests taking place, we witnessed a plethora of God’s commands being broken… Do not steal, do not covet, and do not kill are just a few.
Some people believe that Officer Darren Wilson is guilty. Others believe that Michael Brown was guilty. The truth is that we are all guilty of breaking the law, God’s law. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Think about it, you know it’s true. Whether you've told lies or looked with lust, everyone stands guilty before God.
So what’s the big deal? Well, because you've broken the law, you will be punished. Since the law was broken against an eternal God, the punishment will also be eternal. You won’t just go to some prison or temporary holding cell… you’ll be cast into the lake of fire, a place called Hell. Think about the flames in Ferguson last night, would you enjoy being thrown into one of those burning buildings? Of course not!
However, there is good news. You can be declared not guilty if someone else is willing to pay for your law breaking. Jesus Christ did just that when He came to Earth 2,000 years ago. He was born of a virgin and was God in the flesh. He lived a perfect life, never breaking any laws, but was treated like a criminal when they brutally beat and tortured Him… for crimes that you've committed. Metal spikes were driven through Jesus’ hands and feet to hold Him to a wooden cross, where He died. Jesus paid for your crimes with His blood.
Three days later, Jesus Christ rose from the grave. He defeated death and Hell and now He offers you an opportunity to be declared not guilty. You need to have His payment credited to your account, but in order for that to happen, you must be born again. That means you need to turn from sin, turn your heart away from breaking God’s laws. At the same time, place your trust in Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the cross, paying for the crimes you've committed.
Regardless of how you feel regarding the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, make sure you get right with God… before it’s too late. Michael Brown was only 18-years old when he died, so don’t think death only happens when you’re old. Cry out to God today! Beg Him to forgive you of every time you've broken His laws. Place your faith in Jesus Christ alone and God will declare your innocence.