It’s a very common courtroom scene. The judge looks down at the defendant who is represented by an entire team of defense attorneys. Often we view these defense teams as folks hired by the defendant to “get them off” – that is, have the judge hand down a verdict of “not guilty.”
Let’s take a moment and think about our very real need for a defense team. God is totally holy and righteous (i.e. sinless). When we stand before that perfect Lord as our eternal judge we fall way short… in fact, we don’t have a chance. We are guilty. Have you ever heard the expression, “guilty as sin?” Well, we are.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 (NLT)
You are guilty and deserve God’s condemning judgment. But, there’s good news! You have a fantastic defense team. Let’s see what today’s reading of the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” has to say about praying to a judging Heavenly Father.
quoting from the Navigator tool:
God is our intercessor.
Knowing our temptations, God the Son intercedes for us. He opens the doors for us to boldly ask God the Father for mercy. Thus, God is both the initiation and conclusion of true prayer.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14–16
Look closely at these verse and notice who is doing what to whom.
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; Romans 8:26
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. Romans 8:27
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. Romans 8:34
Did you see your defense team in those verses?
There are two very real scenarios. The first is a person who has refused to acknowledge that Jesus Christ has died for their specific sins – a person who will not ask Christ to be their Savior and Lord. This person sits before the Judge alone. There’s no defense. There’s no salvation. The verdict is “guilty!” and the punishment is Hell!
The second scenario is for those of us who are Christ-followers – those who have come to accept that Jesus died a terrible death on the cross to make us free of our deserved punishment. The believer is never alone. The Christian stands before the Judge a forgiven person and stands with the perfect defense team.
God, the Son and God, the Holy Spirit stand right next to you at the defendant’s table. When God is about to pronounce eternal punishment because of your obvious sinful guilt, your defense team calls for a judicial sidebar and approaches the Heavenly Judge with the proclamation that one of them has already paid the total punishment you’re due… and the other one indwells your heart in order to constantly defend your very being! Jesus and the Holy Spirit – what a team! What a defense!
Are they on your team?
Think about it…