And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
January 16, 2001, Christopher Ochoa was freed from prison for a crime he didn't commit. In 1989, Christopher was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a young woman in Travis County, Texas. In 1995, the real murderer confessed to the crime, but Christopher remained in prison. In 1999, Christopher wrote to The Wisconsin Innocence Project asking for help. The Innocence Project movement began in 1983 with James McCloskey, a former executive who was called to the ministry. After graduating from Princeton University with a Masters of Divinity, James started the non-profit organization. The Innocence Project's mission is to free from prison and clear the names of individuals who are completely innocent of crimes for which they have been convicted and imprisoned. More than a dozen Innocence Projects operate nationwide and they have helped free more than 100 innocent individuals. The Wisconsin Innocence Project team took Christopher's case and had DNA testing on crucial evidence. They convinced an Austin Court that Christopher was innocent of the crime. "I'd like to thank God. And I want to give him all the praise for making this possible" said Christopher upon his release.
All men and women are guilty of sin. Only Jesus Christ is innocent. And it is trusting in Christ's innocence that brings us salvation. Are you relying on your works or Christ's finish work for your salvation?
Dear Lord, thank You that even though You were innocent You died on the cross for our sins and paid the price. Thank You that our name is in the book of life because You gave Your life for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.