Suppose you committed a brutal murder and were arrested for it. You were sent to jail, but you had no money to afford a lawyer so one was appointed for you. You found out he’s the best there is. Your trial comes. The evidence is overwhelming, you’re convicted and sentenced to death. Then something bizarre happens. Your lawyer stands and approaches the bench. He tells the judge that even though you’re guilty, he would like to take your place in the electric chair. What would you think about that lawyer? Perplexed, amazed, grateful?
That’s exactly what Jesus Christ has already done for you and me. Every one of us has sinned against God. The penalty for sin is death. Jesus comes along as our Counselor/Advocate and takes our place on the cross! As God’s children, Jesus defends us to the death!