Anybody know a good lawyer?

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I’ve got a problem.

It’s a serious problem.

So serious, I need a lawyer.

Not just any lawyer, mind you. I need a good lawyer.

No … not just a good lawyer. I need a great lawyer.

Why do I need a great lawyer?

Here’s the problem. There seems to be a lot of evidence against me.

That’s why I need a great lawyer.

You know, one of those lawyers that rich people hire who are able to get their client off even if their client is guilty.

That kind of great lawyer.

You see — I might not have mentioned this earlier — but the real problem is …

I am guilty.

I deserve to be convicted.

I deserve to be punished.

But I don’t want to be convicted or punished.

Judgment is coming

There’s an interesting — some might say, ominous — verse in the Bible.

“… it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment …” Hebrews 9:27 (ESV)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea of judgment.

This isn’t like going into traffic court and trying to talk your way out of a parking ticket.

This judgment is about my entire life. My actions. My thoughts. Everything.

And the judge?

Here’s the kicker. The judge is God. You know the God who knows everything about me — everything I’ve ever done, everything I’ve ever said, even everything I’ve ever thought.

That’s why I need a great lawyer.

There’s a problem with being old

I have to admit I’ve lived a long time — which is just another way of saying that I’m old — and it’s entirely possible that through the years I may have broken a few of God’s laws.

Okay. Maybe more than a few.

I can argue that others have done worse than me, but that really isn’t much of a defense.

If it can be shown that I broke even one of God’s laws, I’m toast. Literally.

You see the penalty for breaking God’s laws is rather severe.

“For the wages of sin is death …” Romans 6:23

This doesn’t just mean you’re going to kick the bucket one day and be stuck in the ground.

That’s going to happen to everyone.

That place we don’t talk about

The penalty for breaking God’s laws is eternal punishment in a place we don’t like to talk about. It’s called hell.

“… and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:41-42

A “fiery furnace” and “weeping and gnashing of teeth” — this is definitely a place I don’t want to visit, let alone be stuck in for eternity.

That’s why I need a great lawyer.

There is an out

But there is an out for me.

The Bible says that God loves me.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17 (ESV)

I like the idea of God loving me, but how can He save me?

After all, I am guilty of breaking God’s laws. I admit it.

Well, the Bible also says …

“But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

Now “Advocate” is a fascinating word.

It could be considered another word for lawyer. Someone who will intercede with God on my behalf.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is my advocate.

Jesus knows I’m guilty of breaking God’s laws, and he knows I deserve to be punished.

But Jesus did something that most lawyers wouldn’t do. He took the penalty for the sins I committed. That was the reason for his death on the cross — to pay for my mistakes.

Do you know any lawyers willing to do that for their guilty clients?

You know what that means?

Anybody know a good lawyer?

It means I can answer the question at the beginning of this podcast.

Anybody know a good lawyer?

YES.

I do.

His name is Jesus.

I have the greatest lawyer anyone could want.

And you could have him for your lawyer as well.

Jesus said …

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 (ESV)

One of the things my wife and I enjoy doing at the end of day is sitting together on the couch and listening to a book being read to us using the wonderful technology of Audible.

I’d like to recommend to you the book we are currently reading.

It’s called Defying Hitler. I’ve done a review on this book before but I really feel this is an important book because of what is happening in our society today.

Defying Hitler shares the very personal experiences of a German who went through his nation’s defeat in World War I, the hyper-inflation of 1923, and the rise of the Nazis to power in the 1930’s.

While we may be going into a time of hyperinflation soon, I’d like to focus on the part of the book that dealt with the Nazis rise to power.

As the author shared his experiences, I found there were so many similarities to what is happening in our world today.

In 1933, the author was preparing for his exams to become a lawyer. He was in a study group that included a National Socialist, a Communist, a traditionalist, a Jew, and some others.

In addition to studying for their exams, they had spirited discussions about the topics of the day. But they were friends and enjoyed one another’s company.

When the Nazis took control of the government, however, they found they could no longer even speak to each other. Some even feared they might be turned in to the government for their “wrong” ideas.

Have we reached that stage in our society yet?

I think so. We can’t discuss. We can’t disagree. We must use certain words and not use others.

I think it will be worth your while to read this book. I’ll include some links in the show notes.

God has placed each of us in this world where we can make a difference for good in the lives of people around us.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his followers to …

“let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

That should be our goal each day — to let our light shine so people can see how great God is.

In this podcast, I’ll try to share with you examples of people letting their light shine.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to an organization that really impressed me — the Tim Tebow Foundation.

That organization works to bring light and joy into the lives of people who have faced some real challenges.

To find out more about the Tim Tebow Foundation, visit their website https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/

Before I go I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.

“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)

Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today!

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