A Law-Breaking Horse?

                                                                               City of Eppstein

                                                                               City of Eppstein

In Eppstein, Germany, there is a criminal horse on the prowl. He was caught red-hoofed speeding. Fast as he might be, he was not faster than the traffic camera that snapped a picture of the equine allegedly going 36 miles-per-hour in a 31-zone. Even more ironic was that he appears to be only walking, and is being led by a human! Actually, it was the car behind the unsuspecting animal that triggered the speed camera. The car's license plate was hidden by the horse, so the true speeder could not receive a ticket for his crime. 

In II Cor. 5:10, Paul writes, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." We may be wrongly accused of a speeding crime on this earth. We may get away with speeding, or some other crime, on this earth. But the inspired author informs us of three facts about the coming judgment.

1. All must APPEAR. The verb is passive, meaning something is being done to us. In other words, we have no bearing on whether we will or not. The decision is not up to us. Collectively, ALL of humanity MUST appear before the judgment seat of Christ. We cannot avoid it.

2. Each One Must Be RECOMPENSED. The verb is middle, meaning something we are doing to ourselves. In other words, we have no one to blame but our own selves as to how that judgment will turn out. We will not be falsely accused with someone's else's deeds. Each one of us will recompensed only for our own deeds.

3. According To What We've DONE. The verb is active, meaning something we have actively participated in and accomplished ourselves. If the deeds the individual has done are good, he or she will receive the just reward. If the deeds the individual has done are bad, he or she will receive the just reward.

The horse was falsely accused of another's crime, and then the perpetrator was not even punished. We must not make the mistake of thinking we can "who-do" the Lord at Judgment. We will not avoid the judgment, we will receive a reward, and it will be based on what we have done. Of course, that day of trial is faced is one faced with joy and longing (II Tim. 4:8; Rev. 22:20), but only when we have Jesus as our lawyer, or advocate (I John 2:1-2). 

Story from: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weird-news/speeding-horse-caught-german-highway-camera-n140241 )