“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit. Have you guys ever heard that before?”
I was discussing the word “Justification” during my high school Sunday School group, and for some reason the O.J. Simpson trial had popped into my head.
This first question was met with blank stares.
“Do you guys know who O.J. Simpson is at least?”
“Okay, well, let me explain.”
I then went on to talk about white broncos and slow police chases, about year long trials, about overwhelmingly damning evidence, and finally, about a man caught red handed who got away (in many peoples minds) with murder.
“And the lynchpin for the entire case hung on a pair of leather bloody gloves,” I explained. “Gloves that of course shrunk after being exposed to water and blood and had no way of possibly fitting Simpson’s hands now.”
And then, of course, Johnnie Cochran’s famous quote made perfect sense.
“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”
There was now reasonable doubt in the jury’s mind, and O.J. was later declared not-guilty (at least he was for this particular crime).
What does all of this have to do with Justification you may ask? Honestly, at the time I had sort of lost track in my brain where I was even going with this analogy. I think a good portion of the time, the Holy Spirit sends us down these rabbit tunnels and we don’t know where we will end up until we miraculously come out the other side.
When I came out the other end of my tunnel, I was surprised to hear what came out of my mouth.
“We are no different than O.J. Simpson.”
You see, what Justification means is that we all go into that courtroom with the evidence stacked against us.
Satan is there as the dutiful prosecutor.
He has done his homework.
He knows all of our mistakes.
He has caught us red-handed, literally.
And then he makes one big mistake.
He asks us to try on the bloody leather glove.
The prosecutor of the Simpson case was a guy named Chris Darden, and when someone asked him after the trial why on earth he asked Simpson to try on the gloves he responded, “I looked at his hands and I looked at the gloves and I thought they would fit.”
Satan looks at our hands, looks at the gloves, and not only thinks they will fit, he knows it. How? Because he has watched us commit all of our sins, and he has prepared an airtight case against us.
What He doesn’t understand is that the blood that has drenched that glove is not our own blood. It’s not the blood of those we have hurt, or murdered, or lied to even.
It is the blood of the spotless Lamb; Jesus Christ.
Satan grins as we attempt to slide the gloves on, knowing that all of our sins are laid out before us and we are absolutely 100% guilty.
And yet, much to our surprise, the glove no longer fits.
Jesus steps forward.
The courtroom is silent.
“If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” He proclaims.
His blood has covered our sins once and for all. Our sins can no longer condemn us, and with Jesus by our side, the verdict is always not-guilty.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
Cast off your shackles of shame and guilt, and walk in the freedom of God’s Grace freely given through His Son, Jesus.
Jesus, the great sin-pitcher, has cast those babies as far as the east is from the west.
Brothers and sisters…
The glove no longer fits.
Stop trying to tell yourself it does.