Spiritually Speaking… Hire Christ as Your Attorney

According to the law, ignorance of it is no excuse for breaking it. So if you ever find yourself in court, telling the judge you didn’t know whatever you did was against the law, that by itself will not get you off the hook. However, depending on the sensibilities of the presiding justice, you might get a lighter sentence. I believe when it comes to your and my spiritual existence, Jesus represents the kind of lawyer that works well in Family Court. Allow me to illustrate my point by giving you two examples of what I’m talking about; Christ on the cross and Peter’s denial of Him as the cock crowed.

All of us know that Peter did in fact deny Jesus as predicted. We also know that Peter “wept bitterly” because of it. A very good example of God’s great capacity to love and the power possessed by those who know Him is that this same Peter, once fearful and afraid for his life, came to witness for the Lord with no fear for his own life whatsoever. It was Peter, who, when the day of Pentecost came and being filled with Holy Spirit, spoke boldly and without fear of reprisal about the blood bought forgiveness of sins. He told us that Christ’s death made us eternal members of God’s family. We have access because of Jesus’ sacrifice. For purposes of my example, Jesus is our court appointed attorney who represents us to our Father, the ultimate Judge. Peter acknowledges this when He says, “Repent, be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38. You see, what the Holy Spirit did for Peter, the Holy Spirit will also do for you. The key is weeping bitterly. Peter had to first accept and acknowledge his shortcomings. He had to empty himself to make room for the Holy Spirit. Then and only then, could Jesus’ argument to the ultimate Judge, be to ask for the mercy of the court. His client’s remorsefulness becomes a reason to excuse the offense, albeit a poor excuse.

In Luke 23:24, Jesus says clearly, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” From the Master’s own lips, we know even His persecutors were in line for forgiveness. All one has to do is plead ignorance, repent and turn to the Lord. But don’t forget to throw yourself on the mercy of the court next. Ain’t that something? Blood bought forgiveness in the face of your own ignorance. The expectation is that you’ll be righteous in your acceptance of your court appointed attorney to represent you and your sincere repentance. Unless you’ve forgotten, your court appointed attorney has never lost a case. But you do have to show up in court and acknowledge the truth. Your Honor, yes I denied Him. Yes, I committed the sin. Yes, I was wrong. Guilty as charged. Now shut up and watch Jesus do His thing. “Go and sin no more.” The Ultimate Judge asks one question. Who speaks for you? Jesus says “I do. He or she is family sir.” The judge rules and you’re free to go. Now that’s my kind of courtroom. Our truth is we are not as ignorant in this courtroom as we profess to be in life’s room. Go in peace.

May God bless and keep you always.

James, jaws@dallasweekly.com