The Blood Still Speaks, part 2

By Bishop Sunny Emmanuel*

Let’s listen in and see how this trial progresses:

ACCUSED TO ADVOCATE: (Distressed) do you see the evidence he’s got! Thousands of pages, and the videos! How on earth do I even stand a chance with the past I’ve got?

ADVOCATE TO ACCUSED: (Calmly, but confidently, putting hand on the Accused arm to calm him down) Don’t worry. You’ve accepted me as your Advocate. I am representing you today. I have never lost a case when I have been accepted and trusted. By the way, I’ve got some witnesses here today that will testify on your behalf.

ACCUSED TO ADVOCATE: I’m glad to hear that… especially since he has thousands of pieces of evidence. How many witnesses do you have?

ADVOCATE TO THE ACCUSED: Two.

ACCUSED TO ADVOCATE: Just two?

ADVOCATE TO ACCUSED: Trust me, that’s all we’ll need. By the way, did I tell you that the Judge is my Dad? (Accused seems surprised and somewhat relieved, but still fairly inquisitive as to what all is happening) Bailiff and Judge walk in from stage left. Bailiff takes his place, and the Judge goes to his chair.

BAILIFF: Please rise for the Honourable Righteous Judge… His court is now in session… You may be seated.

JUDGE: (Raps Gavel) What are the charges being brought this day?

PROSECUTOR: Your Honour, this man (pointing to the accused) is nothing but a rank sinner. He’s broken every Law in Your Book. You know the 10 Commandments? He’s broken every one. You know the 6 things you said you hate? Proverbs 6? He’s done all of those, too. I’ve got all the proof you’d ever need. Caught him in the very act. Bottom line is that he’s a rank sinner. You yourself said that the wages of sin are death!

BAILIFF: Would the accused please stand. (Accused and Advocate stand)

JUDGE: How do you plead to these charges?

ACCUSED: (Hesitates considerably, looks back and forth from the Advocate to the Prosecutor; Finally, the Advocate leans over and whispers in his ear) Your Honour, I plead the blood. (Prosecutor falls over backward in his chair.)

ADVOCATE: Your Honour, I have a witness (signals to Bailiff) whose testimony today will make null and void every accusation brought against my client. So much so, that once this witness has spoken, all of this so-called evidence will be deemed inadmissible. Your Honour, I call the cup to the witness stand. (At this point, the Bailiff has gone to the Communion Table, gets the chalice, and brings it to the witness stand)

BAILIFF: Please state your name. (Once the cup begins to speak, all parties should focus on it)

CUP: I am the cup of the Lords Table. I am the emblem of the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the blood of the everlasting covenant.

BAILIFF: Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

CUP: I do.

JUDGE: Tell us what you know.

CUP: The things spoken by the prosecution and his evidence were true at one time. However, that is before I got involved. The One in whose veins I flowed, Jesus the Son of God, lived sinlessly. Then He gave His life as a Ransom for many, as a Sacrifice for all people. As His Body hung on the cross, I was flowing from Him, from where the nails pierced His hands and His feet. I was flowing for the Remission of this man’s sins. Because He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as His Saviour…

*I have cleansed him. *I have washed him. *I have purified him. *I have justified him. *I have delivered him from the Kingdom of Darkness , and have translated him into the Kingdom of God ‘s own Son. *I have made him “nigh unto God,” given Him peace with God, and made him a Son of God. *I have purged his conscience from dead works so that he might serve the Living God. *I testify that I, the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot, did in fact redeem this man, and through me, he is totally forgiven.

JUDGE: I accept the testimony of the cup. I pronounce the defendant not guilty by testimony of the blood.

PROSECUTOR: All right! Maybe the spiritual and eternal penalty has been taken care of. But your Honour, it’s not right that this defendant should get off that easy. Sickness and disease have every right to rule in this man’s body while he’s here on this earth. Even if his sins are forgiven, sickness and disease are a very small price for him to pay considering all he’s done!

ADVOCATE: Your Honour, I would like to call one more witness (signals to Bailiff) – the Bread – to the witness stand. (Bailiff goes to the Communion Table, gets the bread, and sets it on the Witness Stand next to the cup)

BAILIFF: Please state your name.

BREAD: I am the Bread of the Communion Table. I am emblematic of the broken body of the Lord Jesus Christ.

BAILIFF: Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

BREAD: I do.

JUDGE: Your testimony?

BREAD: Even as the blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins, I was broken for the healing of bodies. Stripes were laid upon me so that man could be whole in every sense. I bore man’s sicknesses and diseases. I bore his pains and infirmities. I carried it away and made full provision for man to be well. What I bore, he need not bear. What I carried, he need not endure. The blood provided spiritual sustenance, but I provide physical sustenance.

(The Prosecutor becomes increasingly dejected and deflated as the bread speaks… toward the end, he slinks out of the courtroom, exiting stage right.)

JUDGE: Would the defendant please stand? On the basis of the testimony of the Cup and the Bread, I declare you to be innocent, forgiven, and free. I want you to take these elements with you. (Bailiff hands the Accused the cup and the bread) If you ever feel guilty. If you ever feel condemned. If you ever feel ashamed. If the Accuser ever speaks to you again… Look to these… Listen to these… They will always speak to you, and they will always speak for you. You are free. Case dismissed! (Raps Gavel)

Prosecutor is already gone. The Bailiff, The Judge, the Accused, and the Advocate all exit stage left.

End of Skit

Concluding Comments by Pastor

We read earlier that the blood of Christ speaks of better things than that of Abel’s. I’m here to tell you today that you need an Advocate with the Father. Every one of us will stand before God, and the fact is, that we’ve all sinned and come short of the glory of God. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. These scales represent justice and judgment. What will happen when your life is placed on the scales? Will sin and unrighteousness cause you to be found wanting? Or will the testimony of the blood of Jesus, speaking on your behalf, cause the scales to tip in your favour? You will be the one to decide.

1 John 2:1, My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have (an Advocate) one who speaks to the Father in our defense –Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

I believe this message ministered to you. Stay blessed!

Shalom!!

*Bishop Sunny Emmanuel is a Senior Pastor with Christian Faith Centre International, Tilburg (Holland). He may be reached on bishopsusnnyemmanuel@gmail.com

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