Recently a friend shared a story with me:
In the archives of the United States Supreme Court is the record of George Wilson, a man sentenced to die by hanging for a crime he had committed. His case came before president Andrew Jackson, who granted Wilson a pardon. To the amazement of all, Mr. Wilson tore the pardon to shreds and threw it onto the floor of his prison cell. The ensuing legal argument concerned the validity of a pardon that was refused, and the question arose whether Wilson should be set free or hanged. After great deliberation, the US Supreme Court ruled as follows: “A pardon is a deed, the value of which is dependent upon the acceptance by the individual for whom it is intended…
It was therefore decreed by the court that George Wilson be hanged – not because a pardon wasn’t granted, but because it was not accepted.
We too, can accept the pardon Jesus Christ offers us, or we can chose to reject it.
“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2nd Corinthians 6:2)