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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”—Romans 8:34 (NKJV)
As a kid, I spent hours in the yard reenacting television shows with the kids in the neighborhood. Most of the time, we created our own cop shows. We’d pretend to be characters from Cagney & Lacey or Charlie’s Angels. My friend would be Cagney and I would be Lacey, or we’d flip a coin to decide who got to play Jill Munroe and Kelly Garrett. No one ever wanted to play Sabrina Duncan.
Once the roles were decided, the arrests began. We’d never actually seen anyone handcuffed nor read their Miranda rights in real life, but we knew the drill: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you in the court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you can’t afford one, a public defender will be appointed for you.” If you were playing the “bad guy” for that day’s drama, you kept your mouth shut. Trying to defend yourself would only lead to your demise.
In Romans 8, Paul creates a reenactment of a courtroom drama for us. We are the criminals, and the Judge is Christ. However, we don’t need to defend ourselves because the Judge Himself is going to come down and stand in our defense. The restitution for our sin has already been paid in full at the cross. Our guilt is completely removed.
God will never condemn those who have put their faith in Christ. Those who look to the cross for forgiveness of sin are declared forever innocent. Our Defender defeated death itself and is seated at the right hand of God continually pleading our case. The enemy of our souls wants to keep us in bondage to self-condemnation and shame, but Christ answers every accusation against us.
At this moment in heaven, Jesus is actively interceding on your behalf. The next time your accuser tries to condemn you, remember you have an appointed Advocate who rises to your defense and has secured your freedom.
DIG: Read Hebrews 7:25. What do you learn about the work of Christ as your intercessor?
DISCOVER: Read John 17:6-26. What requests does Christ present to God on your behalf? Do you need His help in any of these areas?
DISPLAY: Read Hebrews 4:16-18. Come to the throne of grace, present your needs to Jesus, and ask for His help.