In Court With The Accuser Of The Brethren

I’m sitting in a courtroom at a table near the judge’s bench.

Someone says ‘All rise’ and everyone stands. Suddenly there is lightning and thunder, smoke and fire as the Judge enters the room. The Judge is the most terrifying, frightening, glorious being you have ever seen. ?Winged beings fly around him, covering their faces while crying, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” Everyone in the court room falls to the floor in abject fear. Then the Judge sits down, slams his gavel on his desk, and says, “Let the proceedings begin.”

Now the prosecutor stands. My blood runs cold as I see that the prosecutor is none other than the ancient Serpent himself. ?He is trembling and I see the fear in the yellow slits of his eyes as he nervously inches forward toward the Judge’s bench and summons up the courage to speak.

“Your Honor, you are the righteoussss Judge,” he hisses. ?”All justice is in your hands. And I – I demand justice this morning. You see, the defendant” ? and he turns slowly and looks right at…ME, with his terrible eyes. ?And he slowly points a long, gnarled finger at me ? “The defendant is guilty of breaking your holy law and has violated divine justice. He has rebelled against you, ignored you and spit in your face. He has failed to thank you for all your blessings, and he has worshipped false gods. These crimes must be punished! Give the defendant to me ? let me take him where he deserves to go.”

There is silence in courtroom. Every eye is on the Judge. And my heart is sinking because every accusation of the prosecutor is true.

Suddenly the silence is broken and I hear someone say loudly, “I OBJECT Your Honor!” ?Every eye turns to see the defense attorney standing beside me. ?How had I not seen him before?

“I have paid for the defendant’s crimes – every one. Remember, I took his place and his punishment and satisfied your justice on the cross.”

“Objection sustained!” says the Judge.

“But Your Honor,” snarls the prosecutor, “Even last week the defendant had over a hundred ssssselfish thoughts in his mind. The defendant doubted your goodness and hated someone in his heart. ?You said that’s the same as murder. He must be punished!”

“Objection Your Honor! Again, I paid for those sins as well.”

“Objection sustained!”

“But Your Honor…” I think I detect a note of desperation in the prosecutor’s voice. ?”Not only has the defendant committed willful crimes, but he has failed to love you with all his heart, soul, mind and strength from the day he was born. ?That’s the great commandment. ?And he fails to love his neighbor as himself, the second greatest commandment, every day.”

“Objection! ?Your Honor I not only paid for all the sins he actively committed, but I paid for all he failed to do as well. I paid for all his failures with his children. All the times he’s failed to love his wife. ?I paid for every failure. ?And you have decreed that once sin is paid for it does not need to be paid for a second time.”

“Objection sustained!” ?Shouts the judge slamming his gavel down on his desk.

“But Your Honor…”

“Sit down Mr. Prosecutor. ?I’ve heard quite enough from you. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. I declare this man to be not guilty in my sight. And I declare him to be righteous in Christ. ?Court dismissed!”

“But Your Honor?”

“Michael! ?Please escort the prosecutor out of the court room.”

Comments

  1. Brian says

    I have strayed from Christ and fallen into massive sexual sin, lust, and other sins which has hardened my heart for a time. I have doubted whether I'm really saved and I don't have any assurance of salvation. This has lead to much depression, doubt and unbelief which then lead to more sexual sin. I feel so condemned and at times feel like I may not be a Christian, I may have committed the unpardonable sin, and that God has abandoned me forever. I am so weak and I don't any strength left. But there is something within me that, even though I have fallen greatly and put myself into this horrible pit of sin, can't leave the truth that I have known. I can't apostatize from the faith. I can't fully go back and live rebelliously into a lifestyle of sin and be happy in it.

  2. Brian says

    Even though my heart feels so dull and dead right now due to stupidly looking at pornography a few days ago I can't quit and give in. Though I have habitually fell due to my sin I will rise up. I will return to God's Word and even if I don't feel anything I will continue to abide in His Word. One thing that I haven't did that I should have done (which is one of the reasons why I fell like this) was guard my heart and put into PRACTICE the truths that I have learned, allowing those truths to saturate into my heart instead of only in my head, acquiring all of this knowledge without actually DOING what the Word says. I feel condemned EVERYDAY because of the disgusting things I've done. I'm so afraid that I will hear Christ say to me on that day "Depart from me, I never knew You". I don't want to deceive myself. I don't want others to tell me that I'm saved just to ease my conscience. I need the truth.

    • Mark Altrogge says

      Hey Brian,

      I feel very sad for you for how hard this is for you and how much pain you're experiencing in your struggle. And Jesus is a sympathetic high priest who cares about you, Brian.

      Don't give up! I believe you wouldn't care about this if you were not saved. Jesus is greater than your sin and I have known many who have conquered the sin of lust and pornography over the years through the power of the holy Spirit. Romans 6 says we are not under Obligation to sin You are a new creation in Christ – the old has gone the new has come. Keep praying, keep reading your Bible, get some other trusted men who can hold you accountable and pray with you if you don't have such a group already. If you have not joined Covenant Eyes, they can help as well. Jesus has not given up on you! He is faithful!

    • James says

      Maybe you've tried to say it in other words, but the one thing you haven't said… and it is essential that you say it, is that you have repented of these sins. WE often repent casually, so we easily return to our sin, but make it a habit of daily repenting of your sins, this will reinforce daily self-examination and guarding of your heart. Here's a good definition of repentance: "Repentance unto life is a saving grace, wrought in the heart of a sinner by the Spirit and Word of God, whereby, out of the sight and sense, not only of the danger, but also of the filthiness and odiousness of his sins, and upon the apprehension of God's mercy in Christ to such as are penitent, he so grieves for and hates his sins, as that he turns from them all to God, purposing and endeavoring constantly to walk with him in all the ways of new obedience." I know it is not in the easiest language, but a dictionary will straighten those places out. Note carefully, how repentance flows from faith in Christ and is not before faith in Christ. It is also God's gift. Ask for it, every day. "Lord, give me repentance."

  3. Sara Ice says

    Please, do not give up! I have just come through a terrible time for me. I had to admit to myself that I am addicted to the attention of men. I am a woman. I am addicted to the euphoric high of flirting and pushing the boundaries of what is decent. And I have even been in church all my life. I was supposed to know better, but I didn't. Maintain the boundary and keep telling the world and your flesh, "NO!" Eventually you will starve the flesh and you will begin to crave Jesus Christ alone. Then you will be able to lift your head again and you will have crucified the flesh, but not unto death, but into life. God bless you!

  4. Gail says

    Years ago, I was stricken with an acute awareness of sin. It was almost paralyzing. I don't fully understand what God was doing during that time (of about 2 years). But it was then that I learned the gospel as the balm for my soul. I had to meditate on it daily. When I heard the accusations, I quieted them with the truth of Christ's blood. One of the graces God gave me is a sermon you taught at a Worship conference on the throne of grace. In it, you give this same example of being in a courtroom with Jesus as our mediator. For a season, this illustration was a sword I used to fight the accuser. Thank you.

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