Botham Jean was shot and killed in his apartment in September of 2018. In October of 2019, his killer, Amber Guyger, was convicted of murder and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. At the end of the trial, Jean’s younger brother spoke to Guyger, fogiving her and expressing multiple times that he loved her, despite what had happened. He concluding by asking the judge if he could give Guyger a hug, which he was permitted to do. The two embraced for a long time as her sobs were heard throughout the courtroom. This young man’s Christ-like example is one that all Christians need to take notice of as we seek to have the mind of Christ in ourselves.
Life is precious. All human beings have a right to life that no man can take from them of their own volition. God has authorized capital punishment in the case of murder, but he hates the shedding of innocent blood. Since the 1970s, the blood of millions of innocent babies has been shed in abortion procedures across this country, and the practice continues to expand even today. God cares about the unborn, and he will not hold guiltless the one who unrepentantly takes the lives of the innocent. But when one repents, God will forgive.
Perhaps no day on the Jewish calendar was more important that the Day of Atonement. It was a day which the book of Leviticus centers around. And yet, it was not sufficient to fully take care of mankind’s sin problem. That’s why Christ came, to be our sacrifice. The Lamb of God came to take away the sin of the world.