Updated: May 17
What can the POTUS offer someone that the Queen cannot?
What can President Biden give someone, but Queen Elizabeth cannot? The answer is a free pardon.
What is a free pardon?
Definition: A pardon is a government/official decision to allow a person to be absolved of guilt for an alleged crime, as if the act never occurred. The pardon may be granted before or after conviction for the crime. The power to grant pardons and reprieves in the United Kingdom was known as the royal prerogative of mercy. It was previously in the absolute power of the monarch to pardon an individual for a crime and thereby commute any penalty. Since the creation of legal rights of appeal, a pardon can only be given by the government. Just imagine that even if you were guilty as charged you could get a pardon and walk away from your crimes. In the USA, the president can pardon whoever he pleases.
In the same way, God also offers a pardon to the guilty e.g. in the Old Testament; Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.
Again, in Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Back then God offered a full pardon not for your crimes but for your sins (might be a crime too). All sins (murder, abuse of our bodies, abuse of our loved ones, sexual sin, theft, fraud, etc. etc.) that we commit are ultimately against God Himself, who is on the record as saying that He hates all sin. Yet God is not longing to judge his people but rather to show mercy and pardon them if they will but ask.
In the New Testament we see that Jesus has authority to pardon sins; Matthew 9:1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town.2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus Christ paid the price for your sins on the cross, speaking to believers Paul said in Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
All your sins were nailed to the cross of Jesus, and were paid in full, the Holy Spirit reminds you now of the worst things you have done in your life so far!
Do you yourself, or someone you know need a free pardon today?
Every sin a person commits in their life is against God, and his anger is upon all those who will not repent of their sins. Yet we can turn away God’s wrath by accepting his sacrifice of Jesus Christ when we admit we are guilty sinners.
Will you be free of your burden of sin, there is power in the blood, the precious blood of the Lamb?
When I received my free pardon from God (Testimony-see link below). John Newton received a free pardon from God and that is why he wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace'.
Will you take God’s gracious offer of a free pardon today, then turn to Jesus Christ and receive his blood to cleanse away all your sins and replace your heart of stone with a new heart of flesh.
The human heart turns to stone when we pile sin upon sin in our lives.
Is your heart today like flint or a rock?
If that is you, this morning please speak to me or one of the team before you go. Amen
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If you want a free pardon then say the sinner's prayer (contained in the link below) from your heart. Read how to be born again at
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