I have always enjoyed watching “court” programs on TV. You know, the reruns of Perry Mason and Matlock, and of course, the original Law & Order (and yeah, I hate all of those series sequels of the Law and Order franchise). But, when I watch those shows, and then read the Scriptures, I can’t help but remember the many times Jesus would speak to the Pharisees. It was almost as if He was giving a formal testimony in a court of law. There he was, the perfect Prosecuting Attorney, presenting His case.
He would preface His case with “I tell you the truth” (or in the King Jim lingo, “Verily, verily, I say unto you” ) — almost as if He was swearing on a stack of Bibles. And, as you can imagine, the Pharisees became quite irritated. They wanted everything to be on straightforward theological debates. However, Jesus could see into the heavenly courtroom, where Yahweh ruled as the absolute authority.
Over and over, the Pharisees tried to dismiss Jesus’ authority by saying, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony isn’t valid” (John 8:13). But Yeshua kept at it. Yeshua made it clear that whether the Pharisees liked it or not, the highest of all courts was already in session and they would be found guilty!
Even now, the evidence is being heard, evidence that would lead to a certain conviction for everyone who refuses to acknowledge the truth! Jesus clearly declared, “I didn’t come here to judge anyone. Shoot, you have already been judged! I came so that you could have life!” (John 3:17-18)
Go back and read Job’s story. He did the same thing. Now, I realize that he had never actually seen the supreme court of God, as Jesus had, but he presumed its existence and called on it to convene. He even addressed himself to it in advance, filing what today we would call a formal deposition. This is the context in which Job, with unshakable conviction, asserts, “Now that I have prepared my case, I know I will be vindicated.”
In a sense, those of us who choose to be disciples of Jesus spend our entire life preparing our case for Judgment Day — carefully and patiently gathering evidence to parade before the Devil whenever he accuses us, and before the Lord when He comes to judge the earth.
But here’s the thing, all of us must be as certain as possible that the strength of our defense is based solely on the work of Christ’s sacrifice — and not on anything we might have to offer. That’s right, the only thing that is worthy of credit is to stand squarely on the work of our Lord Jesus Christ! And, Jesus is our defense attorney who is appointed to everyone who believes, and unlike those TV experts, Jesus never loses His cases! For anyone
Now don’t minimize that. Anyone He defends, there is really only one question: “are ou prepared to accept and trust in His death and resurrection as the basis of your righteousness? I’ll tell you right upfront, this righteousness is a carte blanche, a final and unappealable verdict of Not Guilty that places us beyond the law. It is a condition that entirely uncomplicates any fine print, loopholes, liens, riders, or codicils. As Paul assured us:
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
So if anyone, including yourself, wishes to be against your re-birth, is standing against God!
Now I realize I continually harp on this same message, but I assure you our time is running out so like Paul, I don’t speak about God’s mystery as if it were some kind of brilliant message or wisdom. No, I decided a long time ago to deal with only one subject — Yeshua Christ, who was crucified. and nothing more.
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