Duration: 365 days
Today’s Bible Reading: Zechariah 3:1–10
In Randy Singer’s legal thriller Self-Incrimination, defense attorney Leslie Conners realizes that her client has been lying about having committed murder in order to protect a loved one—the real killer. Her insight occurs when someone mentions Good Friday.
“How could I have been so blind?” Conners thinks. “It’s the story of Good Friday—an innocent person taking the punishment for the guilty.” She proceeds to work diligently to get her client off the hook.
In God’s courtroom Satan accuses us of guilt. He points the finger at the high priest, Joshua (see 3:1); at Job (see Job 1:9–11; 2:4–5); and at the rest of God’s people (see Revelation 12:10). He also implicates us in the courtrooms of our consciences, trying to burden us with guilt feelings and to stymie God’s work in our lives. His very name means Accuser, and he’s an expert at pointing out our faults. Sadly, he has more than enough evidence on his side, for we all give him ample daily opportunity to indict us for rejecting God and going our own way.
But if Satan is our prosecutor, Christ serves as our defense attorney: “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1). When Satan charges us, Jesus responds through his apostle Paul, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Take a minute to allow the gravity of that statement to sink in!
Jesus always wins the case because, impossible as it may seem, through his death on the cross we’re vindicated of our guilt. Oh, we’ve sinned—plenty. Yet when we trust in Christ we receive his righteousness. And in God’s eyes we’re not guilty. How frustrating for our accuser that he’s dealing with a perfectly grace-filled and merciful opponent, presenting his case to the Judge who is willing to see our sins through the lens of Jesus’ blood-stained act of sacrifice.
If God pronounces you not guilty, then live like it! Enjoy the peace, security and contentment God promises. Out of gratitude to him and trust in his promises, turn from your destructive habits and resolve to live a life that reflects the grace you’ve been given.
To Take Away
- What do you hear when Satan accuses you of guilt?
- What do you think it means to have Christ serve as your defense attorney? What evidence can he present to verify your innocence?
- As someone declared to be innocent, how will you live?