Focus on God
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We worship a God who defends.  One of the beautiful
things about God is that, wrapped up in his defense of
man, is his power, his grace, his
love, and his mercy.  
God defends out of strength and character.  He defends,
not because of our worth, but out of
who he is.

Conversely, Satan is the "accuser". (Revelation 12:10)  
Scripture tells us that he does this day and night.  In
other words, he doesn't stop.  The good news is that we
have a defender who treats us with great love.

Movies and television series often depict defense
lawyers of criminals.  It is their duty to squash the
charges brought against their clients.  Theirs is a
difficult job.  They must often answer condemning
evidence.  When the guilty verdict is pronounced, the
defense loses.

Almighty God is holy and just in all his ways, yet never
loses a case as a defender, even though the evidence
against all of humanity seems insurmountable.  "All we
like sheep have gone astray".  (Isaiah 53:6)  "All have
sinned and come short of the glory of God.  (Romans
3:23)  Everyone has chosen to sin and are guilty, but
God will gladly defend anyone who places themselves in
his hands.

How does he  do this?  Not by winking at sin, but by
doing something about it!  Hallelujah!

Before we come to God, we have no
hope.  There is no
way out.  Judgment is our only future, but God came to
our defense and was punished on our behalf.

In John 8, we read a wonderful story of when Jesus
came to the defense of a guilty woman.  The crowd was
ready to bring the death sentence down upon her.  
There was no hope because she was caught in the very
act.  Incidentally, all of us are in a similar position.  We
are all caught because a holy God has been present
when we willingly sinned.  One of the most well-known
scripture verses is taken from this story.  "He who is
without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a
stone at her". (John 8:7)

The scribes and the Pharisees were testing Jesus.  They
wanted to catch him.  In order to be just, he had to
agree with the law but what of his love for sinners?  
"They were saying this, testing him, so that they might
have grounds for accusing Him".  (John 8:6)  The
scribes and Pharisees put Jesus in the place of a judge
when Jesus Christ came to earth to be the defender.  
Oh yes, he is the
righteous judge but, praise God, he is
also the defender of mankind.

In the case of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus
made a glorious statement.  "I do not condemn you,
either.  Go.  From now on sin no more".  (John 8:11)  
God defends, not because we are sinless, but because
he paid the penalty already.

Some have wondered what Jesus wrote in the sand as
the accusers were standing over him.  Some think he
listed the sins of the accusers who were looking on.  We
don't know, but I wonder if he simply drew a cross in the
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