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, (1 John 2:1, emphasis mine).
An advocate is a person or lawyer who pleads the cause of another in a court of law. Jesus is in a unique position to act as advocate or defense attorney for us in Heaven’s courtroom because His argument on our behalf is based, not on our righteousness, but His own. Jesus paid the price for our sins—all of them: past, present, and future.
So if we imagine Heaven’s Courtroom, and there is God, the Judge, who is also the Father of our defense attorney; there is God our Witness, who saw everything and testifies on our behalf; and there is Jesus, our defense attorney, who actually took our penalty for us.
Who’s left? The defeated enemy who is our accuser, the prosecuting attorney. He stakes everything on making us forget about everyOne else in the Heavenly Courtroom. With a flurry of accusations designed to shame you into submission, the accuser reminds you of every rotten thing you ever did. The reflexive human response to accusation is to try to defend your actions, explaining extenuating circumstances, and so forth. But this would be playing right into his filthy hands. In fact, the defeated enemy would encourage you to explain, defend, rationalize, and justify your actions. He wants to get you thinking that you’re not such a bad person, certainly not as bad as that other person. And all the time, these thoughts are pulling you away from the One that can save you, the only One that can save you: Jesus.
Of course he can’t rob you of your salvation. But he can rob you of many of the other benefits that come with salvation: mainly joy and peace. And if he can get your eyes off of Jesus, he can make you ineffective for the kingdom. Perhaps he can eventually persuade you into letting go of your salvation. If he can do that, then he wins.
But notice how the all the odds are stacked in your favor. God has set things up so that it’s actually difficult to lose. That’s because there is only one person in that Heavenly Courtroom that doesn’t want you to win your case and go to Heaven. And besides you, he’s also the only one that’s not God.
Of course, all this presupposes that you’ve already asked Jesus to be your Savior. If you have not, then it’s an open and shut case, and you will not be permitted into Heaven. I know you would like to believe that there are many ways, but the truth is that there is only one way, and that is Jesus. Without Jesus, you’re sunk. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change your eternal destiny right now by asking Jesus into your heart. Don’t hesitate. Putting off a decision is the same thing as saying no. Anything could happen, and you might be in that Heavenly Courtroom tomorrow. So do it right now. I’ll wait.
Now, don’t you feel better? But even if you don’t feel anything, isn’t it good to know you’ve got that settled? Now, get a Bible and start reading it. Ask God to lead you to a good church. It’s also a good idea to ask God for a spiritual mentor. Welcome to the family! Now the Heavenly Courtroom is nothing to fear any longer. Now it’s going to be more like a family reunion. God is good!
 And when Jesus took our sins to the cross, they were all in the future.