The music blared. Many had come to the bar that night to “forget” the struggles of life. The smell of alcohol permeated the air.
As the evening wore on, the strong drinks began to take effect. Suddenly, a disagreement broke out between two very intoxicated men. Soon the shouting became louder than the music. As everybody looked on in horror, the two began to fight violently. In his rage, one of the men pulled out a long sharp knife and started stabbing the other man over and over again. Blood was everywhere! Fatally wounded, the stabbed man fell to the ground, where he died a few moments later. When the murderer realized what he had done, he darted out of the door. No one managed to stop him. Not knowing where to find refuge, he decided to go to his twin brother’s house. His identical twin brother had often helped him in times of trouble, because he was a good man.
Running for his life, he arrived at his twin brother’s house and knocked frantically. When his brother opened the door and saw all that blood on his twin’s clothes, his face could not hide the shock. He beckoned him in. “I have to run for my life,” the murderer said. “Can you give me a change of clothes?” Without hesitation, the brother brought him a set of clean clothes to put on. The murderer washed up, changed into the new clothes and ran out the back door.
In the distance, the barking of the police dogs could be heard, as they came closer and closer to the house of the good twin. Very soon, the violent knock of a police officer could be heard at the door. The good man opened the door … he was wearing the bloody clothes of his brother! The officer asked no questions, but immediately seized him and took him to the local jail. Within just a few days, he was convicted of murder and hanged in the market square.
A few days later, the murderer got a copy of the local newspaper. On the front page, he saw a big picture of his brother on the gallows. He began to weep and immediately went to the police station, where his brother had been hung. He burst into the office and said, “Sir, you hanged the wrong man! I’m the real murderer.” The officer looked at him and said, “Maybe you were, but this case is closed. You are a free man!”
Jesus took your punishment upon himself! HE paid the price and shed his blood for you. This is the true significance of Easter! If you have accepted Christ in your life, the case is closed! The bible says: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9; NIV).
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17; NIV).
The case is closed!