Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8: 33, 34, NIV)
When everyone around you is glowing with yuletide joy, are you grappling with a painfully unfair situation? God knows all about it. In fact, He’s made provision for you for such a time as this.
When teaching a class for disadvantaged youth, I worked hard to make the atmosphere positive and encouraging, but the assistants refused to follow my lead. One told a long string of lies to my boss, who snapped them up, hook, line, and sinker. The assistant threatened a lawsuit. I was certain I was going to be shoved in front of a packed courtroom, a Perry Mason finger would be thrust into my face and an angry judge would demand an explanation.
I felt humiliated, frustrated and angry. I fell onto my bed, weak and discouraged. I pulled the blankets over top of my head! I was certain I’d lost my reputation and there was nothing I could do to reverse it. I asked God to lift the heavy burden from my chest. But it didn’t come out all churchy and fluent-like.
“God, this is so unfair!” I said. I sat up, pulling the blankets off my head. Tears streamed down my face. “You don’t get it, do You? Don’t you see how I’ve been following Your lead? Praying for these people? Trying to be a good role model in the face of all this . . .stuff?! ”
Follow My lead, came His reply.
“What do you want me to do?” I prayed, not sure at all if I’d like the answer.
Look to My Son. In my mind’s eye, I saw a stable. Mary held close a baby boy. Who was this kid, anyhow? I bet He’d grow up to play with Lincoln Logs and Erector sets and eventually land a spot on his high school’s debate team.
And then it struck me: this little one was destined to become the primary Advocate for God’s chosen. His elect. You and me.
As I prayed, the Holy Spirit brought up, on the Regal Theater screen of my mind, a motion picture of Jesus contending for me in a courtroom, speaking truth on my behalf.
As He stands before the bench where God the Father presides, Jesus, our attorney, dressed in carpenter’s overalls and Nikes, builds a case for our redemption. He points to His atoning work on the cross. The Holy Spirit hovers overhead. We can and will win. Is God for us? Always. If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31, NIV.
The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” (Isaiah 42:1, ESV) There’s confidence in knowing in advance that through Christ, our heavenly Father will establish justice on the earth, and that He cannot fail. That stability offers us certainty in the outcome, even as we celebrate His simple beginnings.
And what became of the lawsuit? I spoke with the assistant. We sorted things out. She dropped the lawsuit and we ended the year on friendly terms. For more of the story, check out: A Gavel and a Cupcake,
Friend, are you dealing with an unjust blow? What’s the lie? What’s the truth? What’s Jesus advocating on your behalf?