Whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced.” ~ Romans 3:19
When we are convinced of our innocence, we naturally want to defend ourselves when we are accused. We can’t wait to explain why we didn’t get our homework done or why we weren’t guilty of speeding. Whenever we see people on television who do not take the stand to defend themselves, we naturally think they are guilty. Why else wouldn’t they take the stand? Wouldn’t they want to defend themselves – unless, of course, they actually are guilty.
When we are accused by God’s law of being “sinful,” we want to defend ourselves. It is only natural to try and say something – anything – to try and defend our behavior or who we are. “I was born this way! God, you made me this way! It was only natural for me to think or do or act that way.” The law takes away these excuses and makes us realize there really is nothing we can say. We are guilty.
What is the solution? Remain silent. Let your Defense Attorney do the talking. He knows of a defense that makes Satan irate. It is the Gospel – which declares that Jesus paid the penalty of sin on the cross. It is the Gospel – which declares that we are given Jesus’ holiness through faith. This payment of sin on the cross gives us the right to remain silent and find our defense only in Christ. It is only when God says “not guilty” that we can then open our mouths, not to defend ourselves, but to praise Christ who is our sure defense and Savior.
Prayer: Dear Lord, there’s nothing I can say. I am guilty. There’s nothing I can do in my defense. Yet you have done everything for me! You sent your Son to take away my sins and to plead my case for me. Lead me to praise and thank you for everything you have done! Amen.
Join us for Ash Wednesday Service on February 14th at 7:00 p.m.
This Lenten season, learn how Jesus obtained that “not guilty” verdict for us.