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Jesus For The Defense


 1 John 2:1-2

 About 2 weeks ago a friend called and asked if I knew a good lawyer. I did but there is a difference between a “good lawyer” and a “great” lawyer and here is the difference.

Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers know the judge.”

But, now I want to change the sign to this: “Good lawyers know the law; great lawyers are related to the judge.” (That could be helpful!)

Did you know that is what you and I have? When it comes to spiritual matters…when it comes to eternal life or death our lawyer is the Judge’s Son, but there is something even more amazing than that about our lawyer, something that you will never see a lawyer do today.

 Here in these first 2 verses of chapter 2 John takes us into the courtroom verbally…he uses courtroom language here and what he is going to do is he is going to deal with the legal nature of sin.

So, when you sin, sin demands that it gets paid. You sin and you are to die spiritually… you are condemned to be lost eternally.

Now, John is going to deal with that.

John says, “My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin.”

Look at the next sentence.

…we have an Advocate with the Father…

And notice it says that “we have an Advocate with the Father…”

But, the Father…sends our Advocate to our side…”to plead our case to the Father.”

 Let me see if I can explain this to you in simpler terms.

So we make our plea to God for help, chapter 1:9: “Confess.”  “God, I am a sinner…I am guilty…and I am doomed to die!”

But that is not all. Your Advocate or counselor is your brother. (Gal. 4:7)

And in chapter 1 and verse 9 because we did not deny that we are sinners, He, our Advocate,  is “faithful and righteous” to defend us!

But there is more; look at verse 2. Listen, a lot of lawyers or Advocates will defend you…they will plead your case for you…but you will not find any who will do what our Advocate with the Father will do.

And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins:

 Do you know what this means? You won’t find any other Advocate, Paraclete, lawyer that will do this!

And now it is time for you to be sentenced for your sin and you are guilty as charged and deserving of what sin demands… but you won’t be punished, you won’t pay sins demands, and do you know why?

Do you see the word “is”?

We, as Christians, often pray to God and we say, “Father, forgive us our sins.”

If you are not a child of God, then yes, you need to have your sins forgiven.

Many who have been baptized into Christ, and who are walking in the light, who sin think they are lost until they can run home and ask God to forgive them.

Years ago I was asked to teach a class at the Baptist church in Monument, NM. It was a class where they were studying the different religious groups.

In Romans 6 the apostle Paul says that at baptism you “bury the old man of sin” and you are raised up to walk in “newness of life”, no longer “presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but presenting yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

Jesus “is the propitiation for our sin”…He is standing propitiation…and as soon as you sin the wages of that sin has already been paid.

When Jesus gets us off even when we are guilty it is not a frustration of justice because He has paid the penalty.

Now, let’s go back to the context that John is dealing with.

Now if you call the judge a liar how inclined toward you do you think He is going to be?

No, besides as far as you are concerned, “You don’t need an advocate” because you don’t think you are guilty!

Brethren, this is what Christ has done for you.

Do we sin so that grace might abound? God forbid!

Most people do not feel favorably about lawyers. A man asked one time, “Do you know what is black and brown and looks good on a lawyer? A Doberman.

The majority of the members of congress are lawyers. And yet congress has a less than 10% approval rating with the American people.

Lawyers are expensive and many of them are ruthless. Consequently many people don’t have much good to say about lawyers.

But, when we understand what our lawyer or our Advocate has done for us, how He has pled our case for us before the Judge, and then suffered the penalty of our sin for us, how can we verbally, or by our actions do anything that could possibly speak poorly of Him?

He is worthy of all our praise and devotion. Let’s do that at this time.