You are standing there, waiting for the jury to give their verdict.
You have been anticipating for this moment for a while now. Your father, who is the plaintiff, is trying to bring justice on a few bad men. They stole from him, lied to him, and spread false rumors about him. To make matters worse, they have been threatening your family for the better part of a year.
As you bask in what is to be a sure win, the foreman addresses the judge ...
"Your honor, we the jury find the defendants ..... guilty as charged."
You raise your arms in celebration, excited that justice has finally been served. Just as you move to hug your father, the judge hammers his gavel onto his bench.
"Order in the court! Order in the court!"
You pause, mid-hug, and listen gleefully for the punishment to be handed out to these evil people.
"The defendants have been found guilty. As punishment, you must carry this hundred-pound weight across six football fields ... after which you will be executed."
You realize with great shock and horror that the judge was pointing at you while handing down this sentence. But that can't be right, can it? After all, you aren't the guilty one - they are. You have not done anything wrong - they did. Why would an innocent person have to carry out the punishment for those that are guilty?
Just as you start to question the judge - to ask him how this could possibly be fair - one of the guards comes over and slugs you in the stomach. As you are doubled over, another guard hits you across the back.
As they drag you out of the courtroom, you catch a glimpse of the three guilty men. They are smiling, packing up their things, and ready to return to their daily lives.
For those of you that have been reading since last Lent (like this post and this post), you know I like to try to put perspective around what Jesus did for us. Especially during this time of year. It's my way of making sure I spend time thinking about what He went through, so that they never become just words on a page.
I hope you are all having a spiritual Lent.