A man was on trial for murder. There was strong circumstantial evidence indicating his guilt, but there was no corpse. So in his closing statement the defense attorney resorted to a trick.
“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within one minute the person presumed dead in this case will walk into this courtroom.”
He stood silent as he looked toward the door. The jurors were stunned. The Judge looked perplexed. Everyone in the courtroom eagerly looked on. A minute passed. Nothing happened.
Then the lawyer said, “Actually I made this up. But you all looked. You know there is reasonable doubt. You must return a verdict of not guilty.”
The confused jury left to deliberate. However, a short time later they returned with a guilty verdict.
“How?” asked the attorney. “You all stared the door. You must have had some doubt.”
“Yes, we did look,” replied the jury foreman. “But your client didn’t.
As the world looks at our lives, what do they see?
Are we practicing the faith we profess? Are our eyes on Jesus? Are we walking the walk? Or just talking the talk?
We claim to serve a risen Savior. But are we? Do our attitudes and actions demonstrate to the world that Jesus lives? And that He is the Lord of our lives?
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb 12:2).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman