Pleading Our Case

24 Jul

Scales of JusticeEven though I (Dawn) watched the Casey Anthony trial highlights with interest, I have to admit that I got a little tired of the lawyers’ questions.

They reminded me of some classic Lawyer humor. The following questions by lawyers were taken from actual court documents in America:

  • “Now doctor, is it not true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most cases he just passes quietly away and doesn’t know anything about it until the next morning?”
  • Q: “What happened then?”
    A: “He told me, ‘I have to kill you because you can identify me.'”
    Q: “And did he kill you?”
  • “Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war?
  • “The youngest son, the twenty year old, how old is he?”
  • “Were you alone or by yourself?”
  • Q: “I show you exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that picture?”
    A: “That’s me.”
    Q: “Were you present when he picture was taken?”
  • Q: “Mrs. Johnson, how was your first marriage terminated ?”
    A: “By death.”
    Q: “And by whose death was it terminated?”
  • Q: “Do you know how far pregnant you are now?”
    A: “I’ll be three months on November 8th.”
    Q: “Apparently then, the date of conception was August 8th?
    A: “Yes.”
    Q: “What were you doing at that time?
  • Q: “You say the stairs went down to the basement?”
    A: “Yes.”
    Q: “And these stairs, did they go up also?” (1)

Lawyers get a bum rap, you know. People complain about the money they make and their alleged greed (some of them),  their pomposity (some of them), their dishonesty (some of them). Perhaps they are so unpopular because they often must defend unpopular causes and shady people.

But lawyers are a blessing, when you need one! A lawyer can be a powerful advocate.

One of my favorite descriptions of Jesus is that He is our Advocate.  In 1 John 2:1, we read, “My little children, Jesus Our AdvocateI am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

An advocate is someone who comes alongside us to plead our case (our cause). The word “advocate” in 1 John 2:1 comes from the Greek word parakletos (intercessor or consoler). Jesus can effectively represent our case, because He understands our frailties. He can not only be our powerful mediator and advocate before the Father (Hebrews 9:24), but he also intercedes for us in prayer (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).

Jesus is our MediatorJust as a lawyer stands between his client and the judge, Jesus, our Redeemer, is our all-sufficient Mediator ~ going between us and God (1 Timothy 2:5; Galatians 3:19-20).

A mediator is not a negotiator (someone who tries to make a deal or work out some compromise). God doesn’t compromise His holy standards. A mediator is a reconciler, bringing two sides together (2 Corinthians 5:18). And that is what Jesus ~ the God-man ~ does for us. Because of His sacrifice on the cross for our sin, and His resurrection to give us victory, He can reconcile us to God. He is the mediator of the New Covenant (Hebrews 9:13-15; 24-28).

Have you ever THANKED Jesus for being your wise, loving advocate and mediator ~ pleading your case and reconciling you to the Father?


One Response to “Pleading Our Case”

  1. Teri Lane Muckleroy July 25, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Well, I know there are no coincidence so it makes sense that I read this after sending this comment to the author of the blog, What God Said Tonight so I’m sharing the same thing I sent her with you here so please forgive the wordiness of it but once you read it you’ll understand why I’m sharing it.

    Recently while visiting my son’s Facebook page I found that my daughter asked him for his phone number because she’d flushed her phone down the toilet (I felt like it was so I couldn’t call her anymore) so I thought that meant he didn’t care who saw it or called it so I did and upon his answering I told him I wasn’t calling to harass him I only wanted to tell him “I love you,” then after asking me who I was and hearing my name he hung up. At that moment anxiety came over me, heartache over being separated from my children. and for a few minutes thoughts of never seeing my children’s face or hearing them tell me they love me again which meant that when they married I’d miss out meeting my son/daughter-in-law, and or had children I’d miss out on spending time with my grandchildren (holding out hope that my children will have families of their own someday) or their children’s children. I thought about what bit seeing or hearing them again would impact my life in the event that I have to grow old alone, that is with no family around, near willing to care for me in my elder years. Before their Granny died she was our mediator or go between our link to one another but with her gone with the exception of Facebook there’s nothing to keeps me connected to her family, her siblings and their children.

    But after a while I found your What God said tonight entry which lead me to ask God to forgive me for allowing those thoughts and imaginations to crept in and steal my peace and joy and lead me to think about my future without my children when I’m still living in the present, God still knows the future and lead me to refocus my thinking on these truths,
    God has everything under control.
    *Mine and my children’s separation is under His control. When He’s ready He’ll move us to step toward restoration.
    *I can rest in Him because He has everything because His arms are big enough to hold and take care of me and my children, forever.
    *Only God can give me the strength to endure being separated from my children but I can still be sad and miss’em, I can feel sad about being separated from them I don’t have to act like it doesn’t hurt or have all the answers to why we are separated but just rest in the knowledge that He is always strong, has all the answers, has everything for me in this season in my life and will cover me with His wings and prepare me for how to handle or respond to my pain.
    *God loves me and wants to comfort me by His presence which is where I’m better. Because I am His daughter and He cares about what I care about and knows the pain of being separated from a child He promises that just as He rose Jesus up from the dead to life and reconciled with Him He can bring to life the death of our relationship reconcile us to one another as He reconciled Himself with His only Son Jesus. with my children. We may not be reunited on this side of Heaven but because of God’s grace the day my children surrender their will is the moment that we are assured of a reunion on the other side of Heaven where we’ll see our Heavenly Father and be reunited with their Granny. It is these scripture passages that I’m taking as promises from God that I’m holding Him to,

    Joel 2:25

    25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten
    the great locust and the young locust,
    the other locusts and the locust swarm
    my great army that I sent among you.

    Jeremiah 31:17
    So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land.

    Isaiah 43:4-6

    4 Since you’re precious and honored in my sight,
    and because I love you,
    I will give people in exchange for you,
    nations in exchange for your life.
    5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
    I will bring your children from the east
    and gather you from the west.
    6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
    and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
    Bring my sons from afar
    and my daughters from the ends of the earth.

    I know God won’t bless me until I surrender my children into His hands, with my worry and let His peace, power and perspective work in my life then will I truly have joy.

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