Have you ever been sued? Then you know the value of a good lawyer. But even if you don’t have legal problems now, the time is coming when you will need the best possible lawyer. How so? God has a case against you. One day, you will stand in the supreme court of heaven before the highest judge of all. Then, you will need the ultimate lawyer. Listen to how the Bible puts it, “My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin, and if anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he himself is the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:1-2).
The court scene being described is the final judgment. The judge is God the Father. Jesus Christ is the advocate, or the lawyer. He represents those who believe in him before the judge of all. You see, the problem is that God has a case against every one of us. “There is none righteous, not even one. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23). And “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). In other words, we are all due the death penalty for our sins against God. And when God hauls us into court, he is perfectly just in sentencing us to eternal death in hell.
Believe me; we need a very good lawyer. He is Jesus Christ, and this Jesus Christ pays the penalty due to others for their sins. This is what the cross is all about. Christ takes upon himself the death penalty in the place of others. And you need to trust in the sacrifice of Christ as the only adequate payment for your sins. When you trust in Christ as your advocate, he represents you before the Father, and he tells the Father that he died for you. Case closed; you are acquitted.
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