One Fine Day In Court

I place my hand firmly on the Bible, hoping no one notices my trembling fingers.  Yes, I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

I take the stand.  My palms sweat.  My tie is strangling me and my breathing is shallow.  My tongue feels like a dead lizard in my mouth.  The prosecutor glides toward me, smiling like a cobra.

“Mr. Altrogge, last night, while talking with your sons you became quite angry, didn’t you?”

“Well, you have to understand…”

“Just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ Mr. Altrogge.  You became quite angry, am I correct?”


“And following that event you continued to be angry, and in fact spent at least 2 hours smoldering in unbelief, self-pity and depression.”

“You know I did.  You were there.”

“Yes or no, Mr. Altrogge.”


“Your honor, I rest my case.  The defendant has yet again committed crimes against both you and his family, and has even freely admitted his guilt.  And these crimes are but  the tip of the iceberg.  For example, just this morning he…”

“Objection, Your Honor!”

The prosecutor’s scaley head whips around and his eyes narrow to burning slits that glare at my attorney as he rises to speak.

“Your honor, it is true that my client has committed these crimes.  But I would like to present my own record of flawless obedience on my client’s behalf.  I also call as my witness my blood.  Hear it speaking: all his crimes have been paid for – forever – in full.”

The prosecutor cringes, snarling, hissing.

“Your honor, he…is…SO…guilty…”

The Judge’s gavel rings out like a crack of thunder.  “Objection sustained!  I hereby declare the accused to be innocent of all charges.  In fact, as I examine him, I find his righteousness to be impeccable.  Mr. Altrogge, you are free to go.  Sleep well tonight.”

Then the Judge leans over to the Defense Attorney.  “Well done, Son.”

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 JN 2.1).

photo by vaXzine

  • Sarah D.

    Thank you.

  • Mark Altrogge

    You’re welcome, Sarah!

  • Jono Smith

    Fantastic! I’m speaking on the “Victory” aspect of the atonement in a week… Mind if I quote your piece?

  • Mark Altrogge

    Hey Jono,

    I’d be honored if you wanted to quote it. Thanks.

  • Brandon

    Thank you for this. How amazing that Jesus has paid the penalty for all of our sins past, present and future. As far as the east is from the west so far does he remove our transgressions from us. He is worthy of all praise!

  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Brandon – Amen! He is worthy of all praise forever and ever!

  • Mark

    Thank you for that. Quite possibly my favorite post you have ever done! What a simple yet wonderful depiction of our salvation! I plan on sharing it with many!

  • Mark Altrogge

    Wow, thanks for your encouragement, Mark. I’m just grateful you even read some of our posts.

  • Robin

    Thank you for putting this in “now days” terms that are so easy to understand. Christ’s sacrifice on my behalf is something I forget to be thankful for far too often.

  • april

    wow…this was amazing. I had chill bumps by the time I finished it. :-) great job! Isn’t God just amazing in how much he has done for us? I especially liked the “well done Son” at the end. :-D AWESOME!!!

  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Robin!

    You’re so right – we can’t be thankful enough for all Christ has done for us.

    Hi April,

    Amen – God is so amazing! Thanks for your encouragement.