You probably never thought of Jesus Christ as a lawyer. And if you have, you probably dismissed Him. After all lawyers are just out after your money and so are preachers. Right? But the Bible makes an entirely different connection, “If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Those who get themselves into trouble with the law need a good lawyer. In like manner, those who get themselves into trouble with the Law of God need an advocate. That’s the parallel to be drawn.
And where do we stand? “All have sinned,” (Romans 3:23). We have all broken God’s law summarized in the Ten Commandments. But “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). And God says, “You shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them” (Leviticus 18:5). As a result, we are barred from heaven.
But Christ came into the world to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty due to people like us for their sins. Now, when those who trust in the sacrifice of Christ stand before God, Jesus Christ is their ultimate lawyer. He pays the penalty due to His clients. Then He defends them by name.
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