Jesus is in the Court Room as Lawyer and Judge

Have you ever been in a court room? There are 4 individuals who play a major role in a court room.

There is the Accused, Prosecutor, the Lawyer (Advocate) and the Judge (Sentence). Each of these individuals have their specific objectives whose principles cut across all cases. Let’s take a brief look at what each is there to do.

The Accused Could Be Guilty or Innocent

The aaccused is the individual who has caused the court to be in session. Without an accused person, the other three have no work to do. The court proceedings are supposed to prove whether the accused is guilty or innocent as charged.

The Prosecutor is the Accuser

The Prosecutor wakes up to go to the office every single day to prove that the accused is guilty. He gathers evidence for the sole objective of nailing the accused. All his addresses in the court room are meant to condemn the accused. He assumes that the accused is guilty and will do all in his power to prove it.

The Lawyer Wants To Prove the Accused Innocent or Plead for Leniancy

The Lawyer is a very interesting individual. Most of the time, he knows right from the onset if the accused is guilty or innocent. For him it’s about arguing for the best outcome or the least disadvantage for the accused.

The Judge is an Impartial Listener

The Judge Listens to Pass Judgement. He listens to the two opposing arguments of the Prosecutor and the Lawyer. Finally, when both sides have exhausted their arguments, he makes his ruling.

Biblical Judgement Implies a Heavenly Court Room

Revelation 14:6,7 tells us that the hour of God’s judgement has come. So for each one of us who have chosen Christ as our personal Saviour, our cases are being presented in the heavenly sanctuary.

We are the Guilty Accused

All of us are guilty, for the Bible says,

‘for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’

Romans 3:23

Even when we try to plead based on some good works that we have done, we still fall short as ‘our righteous is as filthy rags’ – Isaiah 64:6. So we are better off being silent and let our Lawyer speak for us. Our Lawyer is Christ Himself, our High Priest Hebrews 4:14,15.

The Prosecutor Law and Satan our Accuser

Our Prosecutor is the law. Wherever we turn the law proclaims our guilt. The law can only do what it does, point out our guilt. Then there is the adversary, who is also Instigator of our transgressions. A teller of tales. He has all sorts of stories to tell about our guilt. He should know, as he tricks us into sin with his wiles. So, in the controversy of the salvation of humans, there are still questions that need answers. Satan still accuses us just like he did Joshua in Zechariah 3:1-4. Based on God’s law, none of us are guiltless. We are all dressed in filthy rags.

Christ Argues Our Case

What hope is there then for people who stand condemned. Christ’s argument for us as our Lawyer is to present our record of confessed sin. Once sin is confessed, it is forgiven and we are clean 1 John 1:9. But we keep falling even after we accept Christ as our Saviour! What then? The Holy Spirit convicts us to confess and keep trusting in the saving power of our Artoney’s blood.

Satan on the other hand wants you to experience condemnation instead of conviction. He wants you to lose hope bacause of your weaknesses. Thank God for His promises. He silences Satan by pointing to the righteousness of Christ which is imputed on us by faith.

Probation Has an Expiry Date

How long will the probationary window open for? How much time do we have to make choices for Christ? If it was up to Christ, He was going to continue waiting for new repentant sinners to ask Him to plead their cases, peradventure one more unrepentant sinner would change her ways. But a time is coming, very, very soon, when God the Father will pronounce probation ended and the fate of all people will be sealed based on how they chose to relate with Christ. Only two groups will remain, the righteous and the unrighteous.

Choose to be Righteousness-Empowered Daily

Receive Christ as your personal Saviour if you have not yet done so. If you have, continue to trust Him to forgive and cleanse your sins. Purpose to do, and actually do, what His commandments say, so you are counted among the sheep and not the goats at His return. Doing His will is something that is possible only through His empowering, for the love of Christ constrains us.

How is Christ also the judge?

John 5:22 says ‘For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:’ Christ is the one who judges us. How nice it is to have Lawyer and Judge rolled into one. Christ argued for our salvation through His death. He judges us also by authority given Him by the Father.

Finally, John 5:24 puts everything into perspective, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.’ Do not fall into the condemnation trap of Satan, come into the freedom of forgiveness, empowerment and victory over sin that is in Christ. He is the most important One in the court room in the days we are living in. He is our lawyer/advocate and righteous judge John 5:30.

This is a simple articulation of the ongoing investigative judgement prior to Christ’s return. I hope it helps you feel confident about your walk with Christ. I pray it helps you make a decision to accept Christ as your personal Saviour. He is patiently waiting for you to make that choice.

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