Once King Frederick the Great was visiting the jails of Potsdam and speaking to the inmates. Surprisingly, every single one of the inmates expressed to the King that they were totally innocent of the charges against them.
Near the end of the King's visit, one of the inmates shared with him, “My King, I am guilty and deserve the punishment I am receiving.”
The King ordered the man to be released. With a smile, the King said, “After all, I don't want him to corrupt all the innocent people in here.”
We are all sinners here. We stand here today in need of the all-sufficient, sacrificial, substitutionary, atoning death of Jesus Christ for our sins.
Eric S. Ritz, The Ritz Collection, www.Sermons.com (quoted in an eSermons email dated 11-19-2007).