This is the headline today, Good Friday, in my local newspaper.
Anthony Ray Hinton—after nearly 30 years in prison—is being set free this morning.
After a new look at old evidence, it just wasn’t enough. No one could be sure that the now 58-yr-old Hinton was the one who murdered a man at a Mrs. Winner’s restaurant and one at a Captain D’s in 1985.
So Hinton gets to go home.
I think I’ve heard this story before.
- Evidence was dropped for Barabbas, the insurrectionist released on the first Good Friday (Matthew 27:15-26).
- The thief on the cross beside Jesus, still being crucified, was set free that very afternoon after a conversation with Jesus (Luke 23:39-43).
- And since then, I have been set free (Romans 8:1-4).
- You have been set free.
Christ erases the old charges and opens the prison cells to let us go home.
I wonder what Anthony Hinton will do first. Where will he go? Who will he tell?
I wonder what we will do next. Where will we go? Who will we tell?
May you be overwhelmed this Easter, forever grateful for overturned convictions.
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- What I’m into – April 2015
- Unfinished business?