If you are from my era, you may be singing, humming, or at least thinking the lyrics from Alanis Morrisette’s song “Ironic”. Before you go questioning my salvation or sanctification, this post has nothing to do with the song of the singer. And all the spiritual folk said, “Amen!”
This Sunday, our church is moving into another facility. If you have been involved in a church plant, you know the thrills (or frustrations) of having to move around. The irony of this is in the location. First, it is directly in front of the building where we met for 9 months. Second, the building has multiple offices. Our entrance is the same one that is used for the public defender’s office. Hang a left for the public defender and a right to my office and the conference room where we will hold our worship services. As I sat in my office for the first time today, no one was responding at the public defender’s office. Therefore, the guy who needed to speak to someone there tells me why he is there. He is trying to put down a payment to get his friend out of jail and was running into a few snags. I pray that the public defender’s office sign will not be a deterrent. Overcomers does not care about your past. Our desire is that people enter a relationship with Jesus Christ and begin their new life without looking back.
Speaking of public defenders, Jesus is our Defender. First John 2:1 says, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous” (NLT). When you give your life to Christ, He becomes your Defender. The devil is your accuser, but Jesus is your Defender. He will plead your case before God the Father. You have no need to fear. Even when people will try to speak evil against you because of your faith and make up lies about you, Jesus will take care of it. God is just, and sin does not go unpunished.
While there may be irony to some degree in our location, it is totally planned before the foundation of the world that Jesus Christ would be the Defender of all who would place their faith and trust in Christ. If you have no defender today, Jesus stands ready to welcome you home. Turn from your sin and turn to Him today.