My Judge, My Father, My Friend

Romans 8:1-2 NIV Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Imagine you standing in a dock in the heavenly courtroom as one being accused. The accuser (that’s the meaning of the name “Satan”) bring out every crime you have ever committed against the righteous Judge (God). You know that every accusation leveled against you is not only true but deserves the penalty of death. You know your fate. You are lost, helpless; you deserve to die. “He must die,” the accuser asserts. The righteous Judge can’t let you off the hook. He must follow what the Law—His Law stipulates. You turn around, afraid to lift your countenance, but then your eyes meet with Someone whom you don’t seem to recognize. He smiles at you, motions to the righteous Judge, and indicates that He will speak on your behalf. Yes, He is your advocate. He tells the Judge that although the accused deserves to die according to the Law, all his sins have been paid for. The Judge turns to you and declares: “You are not guilty!” It turns out that your advocate is also your Savior. What a coincidence!

But wait, it’s not a coincidence; it’s all been planned for by the Judge whom you offended. Your advocate is the Son of the Judge. The Judge asked His Son to die for you so you may live. All you have to do is to accept that your sins have been paid for by the Son. And the story does end there; He empowers you to live a different kind of life—not the past rebellious life but one characterized by obedience and peace. He gives you a Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to enable you live that kind of life. What is more, you are even adopted as a son of the Judge. He is now your Father! “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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