THE PRINCE OF OUTCAST
About the year 1830, a man named George Wilson killed a government employee who caught him in the act of robbing the mails.
He was tried and sentenced to be hanged. However, President Andrew Jackson sent him a pardon. But Wilson did a strange thing. He refused to accept the pardon, and no one knew what to do. So the case was carried to the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Marshall, perhaps one of the greatest justices ever, wrote the court's opinion. In it he said, "A pardon is a slip of paper, the value of which is determined by the acceptance of the person to be pardoned.
If it is refused, it is no pardon. George Wilson must be hanged." And so he was.
What is true for George Wilson is true for us. In order to be justified, we must accept what God, out of grace, has done for us by the blood of Christ.
I. POSITION OF A NEW BELIEVER
When a man believes in the Lord Jesus Christ he is then made just. Because of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ God does not hold either our sin or our sinful nature against us.
For a man to be just in the Bible a man is made perfectly right with God with no sins imputed against him whatsoever. God removes the barriers that separate us from Him.
Many years ago the Prince of Wales visited the capital city of India. A formidable barrier had been set up to keep the masses of people who wanted to catch a glimpse of royalty.
When the prince arrived, he shook hands with some of the political dignitaries who were presented to him. Then, looking over their heads to the crowds beyond, he said "Take down those barriers!"
They were quickly removed, and all the people, regardless of social rank, had free access to the heir of the British Empire. Some time later when the prince came to that district again, 10,000 out cast waited under a banner inscribed with these words: "The Prince of Outcasts."
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