Romans 8: 34 “Christ Jesus…is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
I recently heard a story about a single mother, without an income to care for her children. One day she was so desperate because there was no food in the house, she went to the grocery store, filled a cart with necessary items to feed her children, and walked out of the store. A security guard stopped her and asked why she was leaving without paying for her purchases. She told him her situation, but he informed her that he had no choice but call the police. She was arrested and scheduled to go before the judge. The judge was sympathetic to her situation, but gently informed her that he had no other recourse; he was a judge and had to obey the law. He pointed to the statute in his law book and told her that the penalty for her crime was to pay ten thousand dollars or serve ten years in prison. She pleaded with the judge to forgive her. As she was about to be led away to prison, a defense attorney in the courtroom spoke out. “You honor, I will pay this woman’s debt. Please release her.”
We too have a “defense attorney”. In Romans 8:34, Paul tells us that Jesus is in heaven interceding for us. He has died the death that the law requires. He is the advocate for our defense, standing at the right hand of our Father to present our case as the accuser comes to make his case against us. We are set free from our sins because of what Christ did for us on the cross!!
What a great reminder that no matter how often we get discouraged when we have fallen short and sinned, we are not without hope when we go to the Father in repentance, seeking forgiveness in the Name of Jesus.
“Jesus paid it all.
All to him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow…”
In Joyful Surrender,
Lyrics from: Jesus Paid It All by John Grape.