Whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law,
so that every mouth may be silenced. ~ Romans 3:19
If we are convinced of our innocence, we naturally want to defend ourselves when we are accused. When we are accused by God’s law, the Commandments, of being guilty of sin we want to defend ourselves. It is only natural to try and say something – anything – to defend our behavior. Yet there really is nothing we can say. We are guilty. We deserve terrifying judgment from the pure and holy God Almighty, our Creator.
What is the solution? Remain silent and let your “Defense Attorney” do the talking. “…he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Jesus knows a defense that will bring about a “not guilty “verdict. Jesus allowed our sins to be placed on him. Our punishment for those sins was instead poured out on Jesus on the cross. Through his death, Jesus took the terrifying judgement of his Heavenly Father on himself. Jesus’ payment for our sins silences our foolish excuses. We find our defense only in Christ. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
It is only when God the Father 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. The righteousness of Jesus is now ours through Baptism and faith. We have been adopted into his family and are now his dearly loved children forever! Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved (Mark 16:16).
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I admit that I am guilty of breaking your perfect laws. There’s nothing I can say in my defense, I can only ask forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Lead me to praise and thank you for everything you have done! Amen.
Join us for Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Feb. 22 at 7 PM