Much of the recent news coverage in our nation has been focused on the police, how they carry out their duty, and how they interact with citizens. One of the things they will do if they have to arrest you is they will read you your Miranda Rights. Perhaps the most famous line in this recitation is, “You have the right to remain silent.”
The rest of the statement reads: “Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”
Most people exercise their right to remain silent and have an attorney represent them in the court room. Why? Because an attorney is someone who is knowledgeable about the law. An attorney knows how to navigate the legal system. An attorney is someone who can interact with the judge and the prosecutor. In short, an attorney is someone who can do something that we simply do not have the training or time to carry out. All we have to do is just remain silent and let our attorney work on our behalf.
Did you know that there is coming a day when everybody in the world will stand before the Judge of the universe? The Bible says, “It is appointed for men once to die, and after this, the judgment…” At that judgment, you can have “the right to remain silent” and the privilege to let an attorney speak for you. Because all of us have sinned and come short of God’s standard of holiness and perfection, we are going to need the most powerful attorney in all of the universe to stand up for us. The best attorney that you can find — and the only attorney able to stand in God’s courtroom — is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. If you have Jesus Christ as your attorney, you can just “remain silent” and let Him handle your case. The Bible says in First John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin we have an advocate [an attorney] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous…”
This verse tells us that the reason we need an attorney (or advocate) to stand before God for us is because we are sinners, and we do bad things. And, because God is holy and cannot tolerate sin in his presence, we cannot stand before God on our own. So, we must have someone to stand before God for us, just as a defendant has an attorney to stand before a judge in his place. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only person who can stand before God in our place because He is perfectly righteous. When He was on this earth, He lived a perfect life and never sinned; for as the Bible says he “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
First John 2:2 goes on to say that Jesus “is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” The word “propitiation” means ‘something that appeases or turns away wrath or punishment.’ Because of our sins, each of us is automatically under the wrath and punishment of God. Because God is holy, he must punish sin and evil. The Bible tells us that the punishment for sin — even one sin — is death. However, God loves us so much that he does not want us to die and spend eternity separated from him. So, he decided to send his son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment that we deserve. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ became the propitiation, or satisfying sacrifice, for our sins and the sins of the world.
If we accept the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross, we do not have to fear eternal punishment when we stand before God at the end of our life. This is because Jesus Christ will be our advocate, or attorney, in God’s courtroom. If we accept his salvation, he will transfer his righteousness to us, and we will be saved from God’s wrath. Romans 5:9 says if we are “justified by [Jesus’] blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Just as a good attorney is able to defend his client in order to avoid or lessen a sentence, Jesus Christ will be our advocate before the Heavenly Father in order to deliver us from eternal punishment which, of course, we deserve.
Would you like to have Jesus Christ as your attorney in God’s courtroom? Would you like for him to advocate for you before the Heavenly Father? Would you like the peace and assurance of knowing that you have the right to remain silent in God’s courtroom? If so, you must believe in Jesus Christ, that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God. The only way we can be allowed into Heaven is if we place our faith and trust in him and accept the grace and mercy that he offers to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
This mercy and grace was secured when Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross taking the punishment for all of our sins on himself. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Are you willing to accept God’s mercy and grace and his forgiveness of your sins? Are you willing to give your life to Jesus Christ, trusting him to save your soul from eternal punishment in Hell so that you can enjoy eternal life with him in Heaven? Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. And when you face death, you will not have to fear God’s eternal judgment falling on you because you know that Jesus is your attorney and He has already paid your sin debt. If you want to be saved from your sins and the punishment of sin which is Hell, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, that he died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and pray with me the following simple prayer.
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Jesus is the Answer” by Andrae Crouch