Many television shows give us a look at how the courts of the world work. They actually involve four characters only. The guilty person, or rather the alleged guilty person, because you’re innocent until proven guilty.
Then there’s the prosecutor, usually the state. This person defends justice and must prove that the accused is really guilty. The judge is the one who must eventually decide whether the charges against the accused have been proven or not.
And then there’s the attorney. In TV series they are usually presented to viewers as being very confident. I think you need an outgoing personality to give your everything to have an accused walk out of the courtroom free, guilty or not.
That’s exactly what Jesus does for all His friends and family in the courtrooms of heaven. And the one truth above all else is that all His clients are guilty. Each and every charge brought by the prosecutor, or to put it in Biblical terms, God’s law, against the accused, is true.
All of these cases agree that the accused, that’s us, are guilty and, therefore, we deserve eternal fire. But then the attorney, Jesus, gets up and walks to the bench where the Highest Judge, God, is sitting.
He says nothing. He shrugs, half lifts His arms, palms out, as if saying: “Yes! It’s all true!”. But then the Judge sees the holes in the Attorney’s hands and knows the Attorney has already paid the penalty for the accused.
Without saying anything further, the Judge lifts the gravel, taps the bench and says softly: “Not guilty!”. Everybody clap, hug one another, laugh and cry, because God’s grace and Jesus’ death on the cross are more than enough.
25He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them.
Wow, how can we who believe in Jesus not wait for this to happen? How wonderful it will be to hear that gravel hitting the bench and you hear God says to you: “Not guilty!”
And you don’t have to be afraid that Jesus will retire from being your attorney and that when you get to the courtroom, you’ll have to be satisfied with a second-in-charge priest or prophet. Jesus will be there for ever and ever, for all eternity, to defend every friend, every brother and every sister who believe in Him.
How fortunate are we who believe in Him!
So, go and live out in the world. Go and tell everybody that you, who are one of the biggest sinners, has an Attorney who wins every case He takes on.
How do you feel about your Attorney?
Do you believe that He will defend your case?
How then do you go and live differently?
Jesus, thank you for taking on my case. Thank you that I can know with everything in me that You are waiting for me at the heavenly courtrooms. Thank you that I can already know what the verdict will be. Let me live that in the world now. Amen.