Being wrongfully accused is a terrible thing. We have a deep urge to defend ourselves when the finger is pointed at us when we haven’t done anything wrong. But what about when the accusations are true and we are clearly guilty?
As we live our day to day lives, our consciences are constantly accusing us. Bringing back the memories of former sins, weighing us down with the burden of who we are and what we’ve done. Our pasts can haunt us if we don’t find a solution adequate to deal with it. Our conscience will also point out current sins that we ignore and refuse to face. The difficulty for us is that this is exactly what God has designed our conscience to do. A good conscience will rightfully point out the ways that we fall short.
Not only does our conscience accuse us, but Satan does as well. In the Bible, Satan is referred to as The Accuser. He tempts us to sin in various ways and as soon as we do, he doesn’t hesitate to lay down the charges against us. And here’s the worst part of it all. His accusations are true. We have sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard. We have been rightfully accused.
Martin Luther had a perfect comeback that can bring us great comfort when we hear the sinister voice of the accuser:
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: “I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
In order to be a Christian, we have to admit that we have no claim on heaven. We must realize that there is nothing within us that makes us acceptable to God or compelled him to save us. We don’t need to pretend we have it all together. We can freely admit that we are a sinful mess that deserves death and hell. Our internal lawyer no longer needs come to our defense to prove to us or anyone else that we deserve otherwise.
We have an advocate in heaven pleading on our behalf that is greater than our past, present and future sins. He has carried our sins to the cross and has buried them in his tomb. His wounds shut the mouth of the accuser and cleanse our consciences so that we can boldly come to the throne of grace in our time of need. Jesus always has the final word and it is one of gracious pardon and unfailing love for anyone who puts their trust in him.
“Before the Throne of God Above”
Lyrics by Charitie L. Bancroft, 1863
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea;
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there, the risen Lamb!
My perfect, spotless Righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
The King of glory and of grace.
One with Himself, I cannot die;
My soul is purchased by His blood;
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God.