A friend of mine works for a major international firm of attorneys. At the height of Covid-19, I asked him how the company was doing in this difficult time. He said his division was doing fairly well, but the people in litigation were struggling because the courts were closed. He added that the people with these cases usually earned a lot of money for the company.
The family friend is a brilliant advocate. He acts in many high-profile cases. He got people acquitted that no one ever thought would get acquitted. I suspect his bill for these court appearances is fairly high.
The accused trusts his attorney and advocate completely. His life is literally at stake. The court procedures are unfamiliar. He doesn't know what to say and what not to say. Therefore, he'll get the best defense to fight his case in court on his behalf, and he is willing to pay a considerable sum for that service.
This is exactly what happens to us too. We can't deny that we do wrong things here on earth. We're all human and part of the deal is that we sin - some more than others. The Bible says in Romans 3 verse 23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (NKJV).
When we sin, we are charged in the court of heaven for the sins we so enjoy committing on earth. It's a lost cause because the evidence against us is damning and there's no arguing against it. God sees all things and knows all things. So, we have to get the best team to defend us. We have to get someone that is 100% trustworthy. Someone who knows what he is doing, because all the evidence is stacked against us.
Who better than Jesus to defend our lost case in the court of heaven. Here is what the Word of God says about Jesus being our advocate.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1 )NKJV
Let us look at what the Bible says in Hebrews 4 verses 14 - 16:
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (NKJV)
Jesus is our High Priest and Advocate. He is always on duty and He wins every case. He has already paid the penalty for your sin on the cross. And best of all, there is no hefty bill afterward like with advocates on earth. Everything is free of charge. Free. Only grace. Thank goodness!
But how do you get Jesus to take your case and represent you as your Advocate? You have to surrender to Jesus and make Him Lord and Saviour of your life. You can do that by praying the Salvation Prayer out loud and mean it from your heart. Jesus will come into your life and make all things new. He will be your Advocate and plead your case in court. Remember, He never loses a case!
Scripture Hebrews 4:12-16
Reflection What does your bag of sin look like? What will be the ruling in your court case? Why?
Prayer Father, thank you for the best Advocate to fight my case in court. Thank you that He makes everything possible for me. Thank you that it is free of charge. Thank you for the heaps of grace You keep showering over me. Amen.
About the Author
Gerjo Ben Van Der Merwe runs Crossroad 247, a ministry and platform focused on sharing the Word of God and making the Bible more easily understandable. Visit his website at http://www.crossroad247.com