One time many years ago, the king of Hungary found himself depressed and unhappy. He sent for his brother, a good-natured but rather indifferent prince. The king said to him, “I am a great sinner; I fear to meet God.” But the prince only laughed at him. This didnt help the kings disposition any. Though he was a believer, the king had gotten a glimpse of his guilt for the way hed been living lately, and he seriously wanted help.
In those days it was customary if the executioner sounded a trumpet before a mans door at any hour, it was a signal that he was to be led to his execution. The king sent the executioner in the dead of night to sound the fateful blast at his brothers door. The prince realized with horror what was happening. Quickly dressing, he stepped to the door and was seized by the executioner, and dragged pale and trembling into the kings presence. In an agony of terror he fell on his knees before his brother and begged to know how he had offended him.
“My brother,” answered the king, “if the sight of a human executioner is so terrible to you, shall not I, having grievously offended God, fear to be brought before the judgment seat of Christ?”