Pardon

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

It happened back in 1830. His name was George Wilson, and Wilson was convicted of robbing the U.S. Mail. He did it several times and as a result, he was sentenced to be hanged. It carried the death penalty in those days if you robbed the U.S. Mail.

President Andrew Jackson heard about George Wilson and decided to issue him a pardon. However, Wilson refused to accept the pardon. Now, think about this: I’m facing death. The President has said, “You don’t have to die.” I say, “I don’t want the pardon.”

The question was, could they force him to accept the pardon? The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice Marshall of the Supreme Court gave this conclusion. He said this: “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.”  And then he wrote, “George Wilson must be hanged.”

Think about that. George Wilson died when he had been pardoned. You may say, “How foolish.”  How foolish it is for us, when we don’t accept the pardon Jesus Christ offers us.

Jesus Christ has done everything that needs to be done for you to be saved. He died on the cross. He rose from the grave. He made the way for you to be forgiven. He made the way for your heart to be cleansed. He made the way for you to have peace with God.

Everything has been done, and Jesus offers you His pardon from your sin. And your choice is, do you receive that pardon, or do you reject it?  Because a pardon refused is no pardon.

Have you received from Jesus Christ His pardon, His mercy, His forgiveness, His life?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!