Many times through my Christian life I have heard the illustration of God being the judge and we’re guilty standing before this judge and Jesus is the prosecuting attorney who takes our place and receives the punishment that we should have gotten instead.
This has some aspects to it that are true, but is this truly the character of God. As I read the New Testament, I come away with a different idea of who this God is.
This Judge and attorney presents me with a Legal Gospel. Jesus is the exact representation of God our Father in Heaven. So when we see Jesus we’re seeing how God really is. This is what He said.
It sounds to me that Jesus is more like the Father searching the horizon for his son to come home. Jesus is the Good Shepherd that goes on a search and rescue mission to retrieve back just one lost sheep. We were created to live in the love of God, receiving it and sharing it with others. It’s a different picture then the courtroom. It’s more like the family home with the table set with a feast and loved ones sitting all around it, enjoying just being together.