The tapping of a gavel in a courtroom can mean different things. When tapped twice, everyone is to rise. When it is tapped three times, all are to be seated. There can be repeated vigorous tapping to restore order. One tap may be used to declare a matter settled and finished. With the tap of a gavel comes all the power of that court. When that gavel is brought down there is a decision made. And that symbol of authority brings with it a certain finality.
In the courts of heaven, the gavel comes down with unquestionable authority. God has every right to proclaim someone guilty or not guilty. He is our righteous Judge and all His judgements are true and just. Today’s verse is a wonderful assurance for the one who has placed their faith in Jesus. There is no fear of that gavel coming down. The believer is justified, or declared righteous, not because of our own deeds but because of being credited with His righteousness (Romans 4:22-25). The just punishment that we rightly deserve has been fully met by His death on the cross. The righteousness Jesus achieved has been laid to our account!
It has been decided. The gavel has already come down. I do not have to live in fear and doubt. He declared, “It is finished,” on that cross. How amazing that I can stand before Him, declared righteous! There is peace with God now and throughout eternity. My heart is not troubled because of my guilt and sin. His forgiveness and declaration has established heartfelt peace, relief, and the joy and hope of heaven!
Lord, how can I ever express my gratitude?
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)