pardonedWHAT does it mean to grant a pardon? Perhaps a definition of the word will help us to understand it a little better. Websters New World Dictionary defines pardon as: “(1) to release from punishment; not punish for crimes or offenses (2) to cancel or not exact penalty for (an offense); forgive (3) to excuse or forgive (a person) for some minor fault, discourtesy, etc.” A pardon, then, does not remove the guilt or declare that the offense never happened, but rather it (the pardon) forgives the offender and thereby releases that person from the penalty so justly deserved.

The true story is told of two criminals who were sentenced to die for their crimes. One of the men publicly admitted that they were getting what they deserved. But that’s not the end of the story – there’s more to it. The crimes which brought about the physical punishment were caused by the person having a sinful nature. The physical punishment in this case, death, was just the beginning of a greater punishment to come – eternal damnation in hell. Of the two men about to die, one received a pardon, while the other did not. “Why?” you may ask. Because of what one man did, and that the other failed to do. The story is true, and here are the details. . . .


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