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How Can You Represent Him?

The judicial system in this country is never without work.  Daily in the USA, courts, attorneys, stenographers, bailiff’s, jailers, and a host of other professional workers make a living as a Prosecutor and Defendant face off.  Some cases are pretty simple.  Others make take weeks or months of testimony to reach the time for a verdict.

No job in that complex field is easy.  However, there is one assignment that I have often thought would be the most difficult.  How does a defense attorney plead the case of a man or woman that they are confident are guilty and yet, they work to prove they are not guilty?  Most of us can be very persuasive in arguing a point if we know that the point is valid.  That is not the case when we suspect that the person seeking our aid is guilty of the charge against them.

One of the most famous trials in history was that of Benjamin Francois Courvoisier in London in 1840, who is now immortalized in Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Courvoisier was a Swiss valet accused of slicing the throat of his elderly employer, Lord William Russell.

What made this trial notorious was the argument for the defense. The police had bungled the investigation. The evidence against Courvoisier was entirely circumstantial or had been planted. One of the officers had perjured himself, and the maid’s testimony brought suspicion on herself. The defense attorney, Charles Phillips, was convinced of the innocence of Courvoisier and cross-examined witnesses aggressively. At the beginning of the second day of the trial, however, Courvoisier confessed privately to his lawyer that he had committed the murder. When asked if he were going to plead guilty, he replied to Charles Phillips, “No, sir, I expect you to defend me to the utmost.”

Phillips was faced with a dilemma. Should he declare to the court that the man was guilty, or should he defend Courvoisier as best he could? Should he break the confidentiality of the client-lawyer relationship, or should he help a guilty man to possibly go free? Which is more important; truth or professional duty?

Phillips decided to defend the guilty man. But despite Phillips’s efforts, Courvoisier was convicted. When the dilemma was later made public, Phillips’s decision to defend a murderer horrified British society and brought him a great deal of criticism.  (Copied).

We have an Advocate Who knows we are guilty, willfully rebellious, steadfastly sinful, and with a great dedication to sin, we have often turned away from God’s will.  He knows we are guilty.  It is not rumor, supposition, or hypothetical.  He knows we are guilty because He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. While we were still sinners, He died to pay for our sin.  This Advocate so loves us that when we stand before the God of the Ages to give an account, He will not only represent us before the Great God and Judge of all mankind, but He will show by His scars how much was paid for our sin to be expunged, forgiven, and to be removed as far as the east is from the west…  forever. 

What an Advocate with the Father we have!  He knows what we were, but He knows what He has planned for us to be as we serve Him.  Take heart!  If you know Christ, the charges against you have been dismissed!  You are free forever more because of the judicious act of grace provided by our Lord Jesus!