Saturday, September 7, 2019

Defense Attorney

7 September

My dear children, I write this letter to you so you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a helper in the presence of the Father—Jesus Christ, the One who does what is right.  He died in our place to take away our sins, and not only our sins but the sins of all people.  (1 Jn 2:1–2; NIV)

I use to really worry whenever I would stumble and fall because of sin.  Don't get me wrong; I still don't like it, and I work to walk a perfect walk, but we live in a fallen world, and it does happen.  I'm not trying to make excuses, just telling the truth.  I use to wonder what would happen if Jesus came at the same time I fell, the moment sin caught hold of me.  How would I be able to stand before my heavenly father and explain myself?  Well, it took me a while to fully understand that there is someone who stands and speaks in our defense; Jesus.  We will still stand before the judgment throne and be held accountable for the way we lived our lives, but Jesus goes to bat for us each time we stumble, and in my case, he spends a great deal of time before the father.

John tells us, Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, he took them on himself, though he was sinless.  Not just my sins but the sins of the entire world.  He knew there would be those who would not accept his gift of grace, of his death on the cross for them, but that did not stop him.  As the song goes, "Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.  Jesus loves the little children of the world."  He did not care about anything else except the salvation of his children and praise the Lord, I am one of those.

Jesus came as a sacrifice for us, all of us, all the drug dealers, alcoholics, abusive parents, church skippers, shoplifters, and even for the little boy next door who chases your cat or walks through your flowerbed, they are all, we are all precious in his sight.  There is no sin too great for Jesus not to be able to handle, and there is nothing we can do where he would not go before the father and speak in our defense.  What a great defense attorney or better yet, what a loving brother we have!

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