None of my exclaimed pleadings had any effect on the lady staring at me across the counter. “I’m sorry sir, but your traffic violations have exceeded what’s allowed in this state,” she answered with no emotion.
“Isn’t there anything I can do? Don’t you offer some special license for those with heavy boots and soft accelerator pedals? Can’t you make an exception this time?”
“I’m sorry sir, but your traffic violations have exceeded what’s allowed in this state,” she answered with no emotion.
“Sir, is there a problem?” As I was about to respond to this question with much abrasion, I realized the person who was inquiring was the head honcho of this facility. In his piercing glare I thought I detected a hint of compassion.
He invited me to his office to discuss my dilemma. I desperately tried to exclaim my need for my license, explaining the distance I lived from work and other places of necessity. I pleaded, “I have a family who depends on me.”
From behind his desk, this elderly gentleman stated that there was one way to fix this. “There’s nothing we can do to give you back your license because the laws of our state won’t allow us to simply overlook your fines. However, there is a person with a spotless record. He’s never had a ticket in his life… and he’s agreed to swap driving records with you. I’m going to put all of your offenses on his license, and yours will become free of any violations.”
I stared in disbelief at the man across the desk. I asked, “Who would do such a thing?” “Who’s going to give up their perfect record for my shameful one?”
“I will,” he said.
While it would be foolishness to think this scene would ever take place in your local driver’s license office, it did take place regarding something much more significant and urgent than the right to operate a vehicle on the roadways.
Picture, instead, God sitting across that desk. You’re holding a notice from heaven, which reads, “Due to sin, your life has been revoked. Please report to the Judgement.” Now when you ask, “Who would?” …hear God say, “I will!”
“God was in Christ, bringing His world to Himself… not holding them accountable for their sins… For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19,21
When God redeems people from their slavery to sin, Jesus’ perfect record is given to them, and their sinful record is given to Him. He willingly, even joyfully, took our sin to the cross where He was judged, crucified, and died on our behalf.
How do we respond to such an act? Do I get into my car, proud of my perfect record, run stop signs, break speeding laws, and begin compiling a new list of tickets? Of course not… I realize my record was an act of grace, and I show my appreciation by keeping my driving record clean.