Monday, January 24, 2011

The Advocate

I don’t know about you but I do not like going to Court. I don’t like defending myself to others.  So when I reached the place of complete darkness, loneliness and desperation in the depths of my soul; I didn’t know what to say or what to do. How could I defend my sin in light of the Cross? How could I excuse my behavior of the past to the perfect Prince of the present?  Words failed me before they ever exited my mouth and I hung my head knowing that if I were to be judged by the Father, I would be found guilty on all charges.
 And deservedly so, but, thank God that is not the end of the story. This is a story of love and grace and it is unfolding each moment of our lives. So let us explore who our advocate is and how He helps us in each of our days.

I.                     Jesus is our advocate.
                                                                           i.      The Greek word for advocate is parakletos meaning “one who is called to our side.”  This is reference to someone who is a comforter, consoler or a defense attorney.
                                                                         ii.      When we are living our life as non-believers we are an enemy to God. We are walking without our advocate and the devil is happy. The devil will do whatever he can to keep you in a position of sinning. And when we get to the point of reconciliation between us and God, guess who is there reminding you of your past? It isn’t God. God forgives our past.
                                                                        iii.      For the believer the Holy Spirit is called the Helper/Advocate. The Holy Spirit works within us to comfort and help us and also pleads our case before the Father in Heaven.
·         (NAS) John 14:26  "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.
·         (NAS) John 15:26-27  "When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, and you will testify also, because you have been with Me from the beginning. 
·          (NAS) Romans 8:26-27 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God
·         (NAS) Romans 8:33-34 Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

II.                  The Holy Spirit who is sent to guide us. The Holy Spirit is:
·         Practical:
                                                                           i.      Sends warnings of danger.
                                                                         ii.      Equips every believer for success in the tasks ahead of you
                                                                        iii.      Delivers enough strength, wisdom, resources and encouragement for you to make it through whatever is present and in the future.
·         Personal:
                                                                           i.      He lives inside your heart.
                                                                         ii.      He understands exactly what you need to grow in Christ
                                                                        iii.      He enables you to become the person He created you to be.
·         Available:
                                                                           i.      7/24/365 – all the time, all year long
                                                                         ii.      He never sleeps
                                                                        iii.      He is constantly working in you and around you
·         Dependable:
                                                                           i.      There is no problem that He can’t handle
                                                                         ii.      He will get you through this time
                                                                        iii.      He will teach you about love, wisdom and the power of God through this time.
III.                In court with Jesus as my lawyer
After living a “decent” life my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a courthouse. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around I saw the “prosecutor,” he was a villainous looking gent who snarled, as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me. The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room, and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. As he took his seat behind the bench, he said “Let us begin.”
The prosecutor rose and said “My name is Satan, and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell.” He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at anyone, even my own lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.
As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life — couldn’t that at least equal out part of the harm I’ve done. Satan finished with a fury and said “This man belongs in hell. He is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day.”
When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan and beckoned him to come forward. As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar. It was Jesus representing me; my Lord and my Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge, “Hi Dad,” and then He turned to address the court.
“Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won’t deny any of these allegations. And yes the wages of sins is death and this man deserves to be punished”. Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, “However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is mine.” My Lord continued with “His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet, this man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.”
As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at his Father and replied, “There is nothing else that needs to be done, I’ve done it all.”
The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down, and the following words bellowed from His lips — “This man is free — the penalty for him has already been paid in full, case dismissed.”
As my Lord led me away I could hear Satan ranting and raving, “I won’t give up, I’ll win the next one.” I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, “Have you ever lost a case?”
Christ lovingly smiled and said, “Everyone that has come to me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, Paid in Full.”
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