Have you ever been on the wrong end of a finger pointed in accusation? When we’re accused – whether rightfully or wrongfully – it’s good to remember that Jesus was no stranger to accusation. He was wrongfully accused by the religious leaders of being a glutton, a drunkard, and even a political usurper. While we’re accused wrongfully at times, it’s only because people don’t know enough to accuse us rightfully. We’re all guilty, and good at hiding. We love ourselves, seek our own glory, and refuse to surrender to the only One who can save us. Still, Jesus does not accuse us. Satan is the great Deceiver and Accuser. He uses the truth of what we’ve done to lie to us about who we are. He convinces us that we are beyond hope and repair, that our past sin defines us. But Jesus says otherwise. He tells us that we are loved and forgiven, that we are a new creation in Him. For this reason, we don’t need to run from our past or hide what we’ve done. We can embrace accusation, as our Advocate embraces us.
Scripture References: Matthew 11:18-19; Luke 23:1-2; Luke 8:17; John 5:30-47; John 1:24; John 3:2; Isaiah 42:8; James 2:10; Romans 7:7; John 3:17; Revelation 12:9-10; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 12:11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 John 2:1