Perhaps the most famous trials in history were known as the Nuremberg Trials, the trials of the Nazi war criminals of World War II.  One of the masterminds of probably the worst of all concentration camps-- Auschwitz--was Rudolf Hess.  His trial was broadcast all over the world. During the trial witness after witness came forward to the stand to relive the worst atrocities known to mankind.  Witness after witness told of the brutality, the killings, the fear, the gas chambers, the crematorium, and of Hess in the middle of it all.

    As the trial came to a close, the day of justice had come.  On the day of the reading of the verdict, Rudolf Hess entered the room, awaiting his fate.  The crowd and the media grew silent.  The verdict came:  GUILTY!  As the verdict was read, weeping could be heard from different locations in the room.  Some were silently crying, others openly weeping and wailing.

    As the courtroom emptied, a reporter stopped one of the witnesses.  He asked, "I can understand the emotion you must be feeling at this moment. Is it because justice has finally been served?  Is it because now there is finally an end to the horror and the pain?  Why is it that you are filled with such emotion?"  The man stopped and looked long into the eyes of the reporter, and as he wiped his face he replied, "It has nothing to do with any of those.  I weep because as I stood there looking into his eyes, I saw myself."

    The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  We are all sinners, deserving death.  We are no better than the worst of all men.  Given the right place, the right time, and the right circumstances, we could also be the worst of all sinners.  Yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  He took our place so that we might have new life.  Everyone is capable of evil. God demonstrates the depth of His love in that through Christ's death on a cross even sinners are forgiven.


More Timely Truths by Title
HEARTLIGHT(sm) Magazine is a ministry of loving Christians and the Westover Hills church of Christ.
Edited by Phil Ware and Paul Lee.
Copyright © 1996-98, Heartlight, Inc., 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78759.
Devotion copyright © 1998, Timely Truths Ministries, Brent Nidiffer. Used by permission.
HEARTLIGHT® and the flared heart design are service marks of Heartlight, Inc.