1 Chronicles 21:13 David said to Gad, "I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men." Thanks be to God that His judgment is different than that of men! In the judgment of God, in seeing the wrong done, there is also room for repentance and a severing of what was wrong. God goes further than just in laying down the law. He also releases the Spirt to enable us to be cleansed and so rise above the law. In the judgment of our sin upon the cross of Christ, so we rise with Him. In John 12:31, 32, Jesus says this, "Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." And in John 5, Jesus speaks about His judgment, "Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son. . . I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." Romans 8 has more to say on the matter: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. . . Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died--more than that, who was raised to life--is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?. . . .No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. . ." What we were unable to do, Jesus did for us. We need only choose to live in Him. In Isaiah 30:15, God says this, "In repentance and rest is your salvation. . . " Repentance allows our sin to be judged so that we might be free from it and be free to live in Him. John the Baptist and then Jesus came preaching the Kingdom, saying, "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand."