In the early days of his evangelistic career, Billy Graham was invited to speak at a location in Georgia, over a hundred miles away. That particular day, Dr. Graham was running late, a common problem that besets us all at various times. As he was driving to his destination, time loomed ever closer to his appointment. In response, the closer the gas pedal approached the floorboard of his car. Then he heard a siren. As prescribed, he pulled over to the side of the road whereupon a policeman asked him if he knew how fast he was going. Being a man of God, he told the truth and admitted that he was going over the speed limit. He was then asked to follow the policeman to the home of the Justice of the Peace. As he entered the Justice’s home, the Justice told Billy Graham that his speeding ticket was going to cost him $30.00. As Dr. Graham went to get his wallet, the policeman said, ‘Wait a minute. I’ve been a follower of your ministry for some time and I will pay the fine for you. I know you realize that payment has to be made for the crime committed.” Then, the policeman paid Billy Graham’s ticket. And so, Billy Graham continued on to his meeting, knowing that he received a double portion of God’s grace that very day. Not only did the the policeman pay for his crime, but knew that he was also forgiven of all crimes against God by the acceptance of His Son, Jesus. For Jesus is the intermediary of all mankind in that He has paid for all our crimes commonly referred to in the Bible as sin. Billy Graham easily understood that this is exactly what God had done for all mankind. As the policeman paid for Billy Graham’s crime of speeding, so too did Jesus pay for our crimes of sin against God.
The Bible says that Jesus came to this earth to pardon mankind of sin. In fact, we find in the Gospel of John that, "The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward Him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29).
Not only that, but John the Apostle continues with the following statement, "The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3: 35-36. Finally, Paul the Apostle says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Rom. 6:23). Why is this?
Back in Old Testament times, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob instituted a system that required a blood sacrifice to be made for the atonement (payment) of sin. Proof of this is noted in the Bible when the priests would sacrifice different animals to atone for the sins of individuals and the nation of Israel. Then, a special holy day was set aside once a year, known as Passover (celebrated as our Easter) which involved the sacrifice of a spotless, unblemished lamb. This lamb was brought to the priests who would sacrifice it for the sins of each family member. It was that infamous day when Jesus was crucified on the cross (which was the same day as the Passover), that He became the Passover lamb of God who would take away all the sins of man as prophesied by John the Baptist (John 1:29). This is why Jesus is known as the Lamb of God, the Son of God in man who willfully, without sin or blemish, shed His blood as atonement for our inability to live up to God's standards (i.e. sin)....however small or however large.
Most people cannot understand the need or reason to be forgiven of sin if they don't believe they're a sinner. Shouldn't it be true that as long as you haven't done really bad things, you should be able to go to heaven? And shouldn't whatever good you have done account for something? By our own standards we may believe so. But what about all those times we missed doing the right thing? For example, those instances when we may have told a little lie or a big one, stole a piece of candy or stole
"I know you realize that payment has to be made for the crime committed.”, said the Justice of the Peace to Billy Graham.
Then the policeman, who stopped Billy Graham, said, "I've been a follower of your ministry for some time and I'll take care of this. He then paid Billy Graham’s speeding ticket. And so, Billy Graham continued on to his meeting, knowing that he received a double portion of God’s grace that very day.
Not only did the policeman pay for Billy Graham's ticket that day, but he also knew that he was forgiven of all crimes against God by the acceptance of His Son, Jesus who paid the ultimate and total price for Billy breaking God's laws, which is called sins. In fact, He paid for your sin too if you'll believe and receive Him.