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Last Salem Witch Finally Pardoned

Pardon Crime Justice

Source: “Last Salem 'witch' pardoned 329 years after Massachusetts students became involved” by Nicole Pelletiere for Fox News, posted 5/27/22, retrieved 5/31/22.

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-05-31

Scripture: 1 John 2:1 ; Luke 15:4

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Fox News and the AP report:

A woman who was convicted of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, finally has had her name cleared after more than three centuries.

Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday legally pardoned Elizabeth Johnson Jr.

Johnson's conviction took place back in 1693 — and she was sentenced to death amid the Salem Witch Trials. Johnson is the final accused "witch" to be cleared, the Associated Press reported.

Wow, this was a pardon 300+ years in the making! And it took a bunch of middle school students to advocate on her behalf.

It turns out a group of 8th graders at North Andover Middle School in North Andover, Massachusetts, were studying the era when they discovered the last unpardoned “witch.” So they began researching ways to rectify the situation. The result was a piece of legislation which righted the wrong.

"We will never be able to change what happened to victims like Elizabeth but at the very least can set the record straight," Massachusetts Sen. Diana DiZoglio, who approved the bill to pardon Johnson, told the AP.


 

APPLICATION

When sin signs, seals, and delivers our judgment, who will be our advocate? Who will leave the 99 to seek the one who needs rescuing and redemption, the last one left behind?

Jesus, that's who! It’s a pardon story, eternity in the making.

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1, NIV).

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” (Luke 15:4, NIV).

Runner's Cause Of Death: Struck By An Airplane

Repentance Justice Death

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Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2021-02-22

Scripture: Luke 13:3

Author: Neal Pollard
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Running certainly has its hazards, but never has aircraft been one of them.  But, that is exactly what caused the death of Robert Gary Jones who was running on the beach on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The 38-year-old husband who was the father of two apparently never heard the single-engine plane, which had lost its propeller, as it made an emergency landing on the beach.  The pilot had engine troubles and was trying to get to the Hilton Head airport.  The coroner’s office said that this type of plane, an Experimental Lancair IV-P, is so quiet that Jones might not have heard it even without his earphones on (news information via WTOC.com).

 

APPLICATION

Whenever such a random, tragic act occurs, we are baffled.  It certainly points out that life could not be more uncertain and we cannot possibly anticipate the future (cf. Jas. 4:13). We might be tempted to wonder what this man did wrong to die such an unlikely death.  Jones may have been an evil man, but he could just as easily have been an upstanding citizen and model husband and father.

Jesus warns against such thinking that would see this as an act of divine judgment or punishment.  Luke 13:1-5 says, “Now on the same occasion, there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And Jesus said to them,’ Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.’”  

His message is universal in scope.  Everybody has the same individual responsibility.  We must live holy lives, repenting of the sin in our lives.  We may suffer some terrible earthly tragedy that is in no way brought on by our own sinfulness.  In a fallen world, these kinds of things occasionally happen.  Our task is to live ready for eternity in every moment!

A Second Chance Isn't Always A Great Thing

Second Chances Justice Forgiveness

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-09-14

Scripture: Matthew 18:21 ; Jonah 2:1

Author: Thomas Bevers
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Shayna Hubers thought she was getting a new shot at life when a judge overturned her conviction of murder and ordered a new trial after it was discovered that one of the jurors was a convicted felon, something Kentucky law doesn't allow. She had been convicted of murdering her boyfriend but claimed she shoot him 6 times in self-defense. The conviction came with a 40-year sentence.

At the second trial, she took the stand in her own defense, something she had not done the first time. However, there was video of her alone in an interrogation room dancing around and saying, "I did it, I did it." After deliberating only 5 hours, a jury of her peers found her guilty, again. Unfortunately, the recommendation from the jury was not 40 years, but LIFE!

She probably wishes this was a second chance she had never received. 

APPLICATION

What good is a second chance at justice if you're guilty? But isn't it good to know that God's idea of a second chance involves the complete forgiveness of our sins?

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times'" (Matthew 21:21-22). 

A Restraining Order On God

Meditation Justice Sin

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-10

Scripture: 1 John 2:1 ; Colossians 2:13

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The High Cost Of Justice

Mercy Justice Good Works

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-12

Scripture: Titus 3:5 ; Matthew 9:13

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How Do You Want Your Bread Buttered?

Justice Integrity Karma

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-03-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:2

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Standing Before the Highest Judge

Sin Confession Justice

Contributed By: Barry Fowler | Date Posted: 2016-02-14

Scripture: Luke 12:2 ; Numbers 32:23

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SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision a Strange Dichotomy

Sexuality Justice God's Love

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-06-28

Scripture: 1 John 4:8 ; Romans 3:23

Author: Seth Dillon
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Nude Westerners Blamed for Deadly Malaysian Earthquake

Blame Justice Superstition

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Georgia Students Fight for Integrated Dance

Prejudice Acceptance Justice

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Scripture: Galatians 3:28 ; 1 Corinthians 12:13

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