Amnesty. It means an official pardon for the guilty
offender for actions against a government. It’s an acquittal, a “not
guilty” verdict, but even more—it’s a pardon for offenses committed. We
don’t often think of amnesty when we think of the cross. But that’s exactly
what happened. The government of God acquitted us, pardoned us. It’s God’s
ultimate solution for guilt. A few days ago the Holy Spirit brought before me a face
familiar in the current news cycle. I had not followed the trial of a young
American by Italian courts. Snippets I heard were too devastating for everyone
on every side.
I saw her as I had not reckoned before. A young life and a long future
stretched out in God’s desire,
bathed in light, and
completely free of the difficult and sordid public details of her trial.
The Lord said: “Pray for amnesty. Then watch for a sign
indicating My season for the earth.”
A lot of Christians seem to be missing something related to
the reality and power of what happened at the cross and how that impacts our
mission and message. When the viewpoint of the church toward our nation, for
instance, is the same destruction willed by our sworn enemies, something is askew.
The cross is the supernatural comprehensive work of God
reconciling us to Himself, to one another and to His creation. The gospel is
amnesty extended until Christ appears. The work Jesus did 2,000 years ago is
not in the rear-view mirror. What happened at the cross is an ever-unfolding
demonstration of glory. Its power is a spiritual nuclear reaction, the
splitting of the atom of desire in God in an ever-increasing chain reaction of
love and power.
Amnesty isn’t cheap grace, it is the revelation of an
incredible exchange. Our complete pardon and release from the judgment due us.
You, me, the whole of creation was carried in the condemned body of the Creator
that day. When He died, our death sentence breathed its last. We need an
encounter with the revelation of the glory of the cross to liberate us and
empower us to set others free, too.
Who knows the true details of the terrible events
surrounding that young woman’s original trial and conviction. I do know the
Lord said, “Pray for amnesty and watch for a sign for the earth.” A few days
later, she was acquitted by an Italian appeals court. She came home. For me
that’s a sign revealing God’s heart toward His world. It can be summed up in a
word: amnesty. It’s time we got to really know the power in the blood
that speaks for us from Calvary.
is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins
of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).
About the Authors: Mahesh and Bonnie Chavda lead a worldwide apostolic ministry, Chavda Ministries International (chavdaministries.org).
During their three decades of ministry, the Chavdas have led more than 1
million people to Christ while witnessing thousands of healings that
have included documented recoveries from terminal diseases such as AIDS.
They are the co-founders and senior pastors of All Nations Church (allnationschurch.us) in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, and authors of numerous books.