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The Comma



Alexander III was the emperor of Russia from 1881-1894. On one occasion, he signed an order consigning a prisoner to life in exile. It read simply, “Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia.” His wife Maria, however, was very compassionate and when she saw the order, did something that would change the prisoner’s life in a big way. She moved the comma. It now read, “Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia.”


All of us were guilty of sin and should have been eternally exiled. Yet God made pardon possible through His Son. Jesus left the glories of heaven to die as a perfect sacrifice so we could have the comma changed from “Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia” to “Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia.”