A Visit to Court :: Warren Wiersbe
Read Zechariah 3:1-5
The prophet Zechariah ministered tot he Jewish remnant that returned to Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. They were "a poor lot" and Satan did all he could to frustrate their plans. The vision the prophet saw revealed the sinfulness of the people; for, in God's sight, the high priest's garments were covered with filth. As Joshua the high priest stood before the Lord, he symbolized his wayward people.
Satan was also there. What was he doing? He was accusing the people before God and asking that a just God condemn them for their sins. As the accuser of the brethren, Satan accuses us before God night and day (Rev. 12:7-12).
But Christ is also there! If Satan is the accuser, then Christ is the Advocate, the heavenly Lawyer who represents us before the throne of God. "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" states 1 John 2:1. He stands there, still bearing the wounds of the cross. It is because of Him and his shed blood that the sinning saint can claim the promise of forgiveness: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 Jn. 1:9).
Listen to the accuser and you will get discouraged and you will quit. But turn to your Advocate in confession and God will change your clothes! "Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God who also maketh intercession for us" (Rom. 8:34).
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)