There was a criminal who was condemned to die in the electric chair. The courts had appointed a lawyer on behalf of the criminal, and he had worked hard to get him a reprieve. Finally, it came through, signed by the governor himself. The excited lawyer delivered it by hand to the criminal, but he refused to look at it, and instead arrogantly insisted that the governor appear to him personally, and that if he didn’t, he wouldn’t believe that he existed.
You have been justly condemned to death and hell by the Law of God. Yet, the same Judge who is holy and righteous is also rich in mercy, and will gladly give you a reprieve. He will dismiss your case because your fine was paid in full by the Savior. Instead of proudly clicking your fingers and insisting upon seeing God, or arguing about the age of the earth or Darwinian evolution, humble yourself and repent and trust the Savior. God will open the prison doors and set you free from sin and death.
Isaiah 49:9That You may say to the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
“They shall feed along the roads,
And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.