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Inspired by 1 John 2:1
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defence - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
I picture God the Father as He sits upon His throne.
I praise the Lord and sing His Name, He does not sit alone.
For to His right, just by His side, there sits the Righteous One.
My Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God's one and only Son.
I think of how He bore the cross, forsaken on the tree.
He hung with shame and paid the price and died thinking of me.
Though He was pure and lived a life completely free from sin,
The cup of wrath, Christ took as His and did not pass from Him.
When soldiers came with grasping hands my Lord did not resist.
He did not flee or turn away when by a traitor kissed.
He knew the purpose of His life, the reason He had come.
To save the likes of you and me- a work that must be done.
When questioned by authorities, my King did not proclaim
His innocence or righteousness, instead He took the blame.
So silently He stood condemned and shamed for all to see.
He took the guilt that I deserved and with humility.
I wonder, as they flogged His back, what pain He felt within.
The whip that tore away His flesh was coated in my sin.
My lustful heart that ripped His beard, my lies spat in His face.
The vanity in me so vile instead was His disgrace.
My selfishness laid on His back, He carried up the hill.
They kicked and mocked my mighty Lord and yet, He loved me still.
My envy crowned upon His head, it pierced His gentle skin.
The injudicious crowd threw taunts as blood dripped down his chin.
As jealous whispers tied him down, my Lord did not retreat.
My greed- the force that drove the nails into His hands and feet.
In tortured isolation and exposed for all to see,
My King endured shame on the cross and died thinking of me!
His death was ignominious, it leaves no room to boast.
For Christ became the essence of the thing He hated most.
The Father separated them, be under no pretense.
This torture burst the heart of Christ - the pain was so intense.
Full willingly He hung with shame- a ransom paid for many.
There is no debt beside my name, for Christ paid every penny.
My vindication bought through Him, set free from every wrong.
Forever more I'll serve my King, to Him I now belong.
But in the realms of Heaven there exists a battle fierce.
For day and night with fiery darts, there Satan tries to pierce
My Righteous standing with the Lord and have it over thrown.
His fallacy is thinking that this standing is my own.
Venomous and vituperative, he vilifies my name.
Listing my iniquities and highlighting my shame.
He cogently will state my flaws and criticize my life.
Insisting that the Lord should judge my every woe and strife.
"She has no right to come to You!" he'll hiss through putrid breath.
"If You're so "Holy," judge her now! The wages of sin is death!"
This vile, pernicious creature knows my every flaw to tell.
"The fiery pit's where she deserves eternity to dwell!"
I flee to Christ in penitence and fall down at the Cross.
I realise my sentence had He not suffered such loss.
Expedient was Jesus' work, His task though onerous,
Makes Satan's claims so fallible and so erroneous.
He stands in Heaven's courtroom and attempts hit after hit.
I will not fear for there is Christ; celestial advocate.
Destructive words from Satan's mouth reveal his fervent hate.
I know with Jesus there I stand complete and exculpate.
Absolved through Jesus, Christ my Lord, my Saviour, Heaven sent.
Authority so ultimate. His work preeminent.
Although God's Law declares my death, I know I've been set free.
Propitiation held in Christ, it's there for you and me.
The debt is paid, the work complete, there need not be another.
There is no cause beyond His reach, no sin His blood won't cover.
No longer do I stand condemned for there at Calvary;
Unlimited atonement bought, imputed onto me.
This work the Devil cannot touch, he cannot vitiate.
To death Christ was obedient and did not capitulate.
So when accused by Satan though I know my name is mud,
The covenant that Christ provides is written in His blood.
What happens then when Satan dares bring out my sinful list?
Christ lifts His palms, His scars on show, announcing: "Case Dismissed."
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