My son and I stood before the traffic court judge, nervously awaiting his decision. 

This event took place many years ago. You see, my son was ticketed for speeding on a lonely country road in West-Central Minnesota on his way home from a weekend away with our family. When he told me what happened, he admitted he was carelessly going over the speed limit and was afraid of the financial consequences of both of the ticket and his auto insurance rates. When he showed me the ticket, I observed that there were two glaring errors on it—the officer had written the wrong date and the incorrect mile marker where the offense took place. We couldn’t afford an attorney, so I told my son that I would accompany him as his advocate before the judge.

We drove to the county seat and went before the judge when my son’s name and case number were called. I introduced myself as his father and told him I would speak on my son’s behalf. I presented the facts and the issues with the ticket. The officer who wrote the ticket was not present, so the judge reviewed the facts and then rendered his decision.

The judge, who by his position represented the essence and the letter of the law, stated that the fact remained my son had violated the traffic law, while also admitting the office-issued ticket had mistakes. He ruled that this offense would not be placed on my son’s driving record as long as he did not speed again—it was a “go and sin no more” moment! The consequence of the offense was a significantly reduced fine, which we gratefully paid. 

This event is an imperfect picture of God as Judge and Advocate.

First, God is holy—set apart from all creation—and by very nature opposed to and uncompromising with anything sinful, wrong, or evil. He cannot tolerate impurity and sin and is the perfect Judge of all. Psalm 7 reminds us that God is a righteous Judge, and the Bible contains dozens of verses and narratives that point to this. Unlike human judges, God is perfectly qualified to judge people since He is the Only Source of the Law, as the Bible states:

“There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy.” (James 4:12)

God Himself proclaims this fact, as the prophet Isaiah wrote:

“For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place…” (Isaiah 57:15a)

Then the verse continues with an amazing and comforting statement by God: 

 “…but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15b)

God is not only the perfect Judge but also the supremely gracious and compassionate One who longs to abide with all who turn away from foolish human sins and self-righteous efforts! Out of God’s great love, He provided the perfect Advocate—Jesus Christ, the perfect, crucified, and risen sacrifice for our sins— to stand on our behalf before the Ultimate Judge.

 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” (1 John 2:1)

When we accept the gift of salvation by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord, Director, Savior, and Advocate, we have nothing to fear when we stand before God, the Supreme Judge. Jesus, who paid for every sin you and I ever thought of or committed, stands not only with us but also instead of us before the Father. His righteousness cloaks and fills us so that God the Righteous Judge, proclaims us entirely not guilty, justified, and qualified to live with Him both now and in His coming, forever Kingdom. 

The enemy of our souls, the ultimate accuser and liar, is forever silenced in his efforts to see us condemned and destroyed. His flawed accusations vanish and are remembered no more, as this powerful Scripture is sung in heaven and on earth:

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

I pray you will turn to and receive God in the person of Jesus Christ, the Perfect Judge and Advocate of your soul. Forgiven and saved!

God bless you!

Chris Atkins