THE JUDGE
AND
HIS
DAUGHTER

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The snow was still falling
And all had turned white.
The day was a long one
And now it was nite.

Right before Christmas
Was due to arrive
He heard many cases,
but still one survived.

"Bring in the last case,
Let's get out of here!"

When lo and behold
But who should appear.

He knew her from childhood
They went back a ways
And here was the law now
His daughter to pay.

The facts were presented;
The judge clearly saw
No doubt about it,
She'd broken the law.

The payment was heavy
A long time in jail.
The judge knew his daughter
Would not have the bail.

What a dilemma!
For all there to see.
Two roles to play,
Which one would it be.

The role of a judge -
There's justice to pay.
The role of a father -
His love to display.

The judge started thinking,
He had to act fast
And then it came to him,
The solution at last!

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Down went the gavel,
"She's guilty as sin"
No one could say now,
The judge wasn't in.

Then came the next thing -
Who would have guessed.
He walked down beside her
To write out a check.

He said to his daughter
Extending his hand,
"You can't buy your freedom,
But I surely can"
.

The story would end here
With everyone glad,
But as it turns out
It ends very sad.

The payment he offered
Would now be rejected.
The daughter so prideful
She would not accept it.

If you think it foolish
The gift she turned down,
Remember this story
A truth to be found.

God up in Heaven
A judge to begin
Then came down to die
The payment for sin.

So when you consider
The daughter, her pride,
Remember your soul
There's no need to die.

-- Daniel Aceituna


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GOD HAD A DILEMMA!

A dilemma brought about by His character.   For you see, God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16-19), but loves the
sinner (Romans 5:8; John 3:16).   God is holy and just (Romans 1:29-32).   In fact, He must judge sin and
unrighteousness if He is to remain holy.   But God is also love (I John 4:16) and would rather not judge and
condemn man to a devil's Hell (Ezekiel 33:11).   So, this was God's dilemma - How to carry out justice and
display love at the same time.   How would God do both without compromising one for the other?

The answer is found in the preceding poem.   Just like the judge, God paid for our sins Himself when He
died on the cross (Romans 5:6-11).   Just like the judge He now offers this payment as a gift (Ephesians 2:8,9;
Romans 6:23) if we only admit our guilt as sinners, change our minds from rebelling against God in
repentance (II Peter 3:9), and put our trust in the fact that Christ has paid it all (I Timothy 2:3-6; Romans
10:9-13).

Don't be like the daughter in the poem.   Don't let pride stand in your way.   No one can pay their own sin
debt through their good works (Galatians 2:16,21).   That is why Christ paid it for us (Romans 8:3-4).

To learn more about this free gift, please read God's plan of salvation on the following [below] page.

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GOD'S PLAN OF SALVATION

FIRST THE BAD NEWS:
1.   We must realize that we are lost, sinners that are spiritually dead.

* "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."   Luke 19:10
* "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23.
* "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."   John 3:3
* "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."   John 3:6

2.   As spiritually dead, lost sinners, God's judgment and wrath are upon us.

* "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Hebrews 9:27.
* "For which things' sake [sin] the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience [sinners]:"
Colossians 3:6.

3.   Our good works can't stop this judgment and wrath.   God demands death as payment for sin.

* "Not of works..." Ephesians 2:8,9.
* "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10.
* "the soul that sinneth, it shall die."   Ezekiel 18:4
* "For the wages of sin is death;" Romans 6:23.

NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS!!
4.   God is willing to accept someone else's death in our place.   That someone is Jesus Christ.

* "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (6)Who gave himself
a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
  I Timothy 2:5-6
* "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."   Romans
5:8

5.   Jesus has bought salvation for us and now God can offer it as a gift by grace.

* "Ye are bought with a price;" I Corinthians 7:23.
* "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9)Not of works,
lest any man should boast."
  Ephesians 2:8,9

How does someone accept this gift?   Through repentance and faith.

REPENTANCE: means to change your mind and adapt an attitude of not rebelling against God.
FAITH: means to simply take God at His Word, i.e., believe the verses you have just read.

* "Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord
Jesus Christ."
  Acts 20:21
* "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."   Romans 10:13

6.   Upon being saved and born again spiritually, we become converted to a new creature in Christ.

* "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter
into the kingdom of heaven."
  Matthew 18:3
* "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things
are become new."
  II Corinthians 5:17

FARGO BAPTIST
CHURCH

3303 23rd Avenue SouthWest
Fargo, North Dakota 58103

Speaking the truth in love
Ephesians 4:15

(701) 232-5500

Pastor T. C. Scheving

Schedule of Services
Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship . . . . . 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service . . . . . . . 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m.

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