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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?

(1) http://www.jesussite.com/jokes/index.html

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