Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
The Best Lawyer Blood Can Buy
In this broken world, things are often unfair. In many situations, one person has the advantage over another. Like if I tried beating a professional basketball player in a game of one-on-one. I could never win. For one thing, I could practice for 10,000 lifetimes and still never dunk a basketball. I can’t jump. For me to play against a pro would be an unfair fight.
What’s true of life in general is also true of any legal system, regardless of how “fair” it claims to be. If you can afford the best lawyers money can buy, you will have a better chance of winning your case than if you’re provided with an overworked public defender whom you can’t pay. Even if those faithful servants do their best to put on a solid defense, it’s not the same as having lawyers at the top of their profession. It’s like trying to dunk a basketball with a four-inch vertical leap.
So, who will represent us in God’s eternal courtroom? The best lawyers money can buy? No, we have been given a public defender because we can’t pay for our defense. But in this case, our lawyer is not only a faithful servant—he’s God’s sinless Son, Jesus. John the Evangelist once described him as our “advocate (i.e. lawyer) with the Father” (1 Jn 2:1). But Jesus isn’t the best lawyer money can buy. No, he’s the best lawyer blood can buy, and he paid the fee by shedding his precious blood for all people, for you. The Bible tells us that he is “the atoning sacrifice . . . for the sins of the whole world” (1 Jn 2:2).
That’s why the apostle Paul asked, “Who then is the one who condemns?” and answered, “No one.” And why? Because “Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” In God’s eternal courtroom, you have the best lawyer blood can buy.
Thank you, Jesus, for being my lawyer and paying the price to set me free from my sins. Amen.
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