Mark 3:2 is our verse today: "And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him." The scribes and Pharisees believed that healing is a form of work that is impermissible on the Sabbath.  They were watching Jesus closely to see if he would, in their opinion, break the Sabbath law.  They wanted to "accuse" him, to bring charges against him.  They wanted to amass evidence against him so the accusation could be air tight.

In Revelation 12:10, there is a description of the rebellion in heaven when Satan became "the accuser of the brethren."  One of his major tactics is to find people who have broken God's law and accuse them.  He wants to cripple people with guilt and shame.  He often uses people's voices, even those of religious authorities, to accuse people.  Even Jesus experienced this voice of accusation from a friend!

In Matthew 18, Peter tried to keep Jesus from going to Jerusalem where Jesus would face most certain death.  When Peter told Jesus he can't go, Jesus said to Peter, "Get behind me Satan."  He knew the voice behind the voice.  The accuser can even use the voices of our good friends to cripple us with accusation and keep us from doing God's will!

We need to be able to recognize this voice as followers of Jesus.  If you hear any voice in your head, from a preacher, friend or anyone, that accuses you of being worthless because you've disobeyed the law of God, it's not from Jesus.  It can't be!  Why?  Romans 8:1 clearly says: "Now there is therefore NO CONDEMNATION (accusation!) for those who are in Christ Jesus." The blood of Jesus forgives us from all sin. It destroys any and all condemnation.

Our relationship with the Father in heaven is no longer related to the law but by grace through faith through the Cross.  Jesus came to cancel the power of the law in our relationship with God!  When you break the law of God (and we all most certainly do), don't listen to the voice of the accuser.  Simply return to the Cross, claim I John 1:9 ("If we confess our sin he is faithful and just and forgives us from all unrighteousness") and move on.

But rest assured of this fact: the accuser does not rest.  He is always looking for ways to build a case against us so he can accuse us, condemn us before God. We need to be able quickly to discern the dangerous voice of the accuser in our lives.

Therefore, live in the shadow of the Cross.  Live every second in Jesus' overwhelming grace and mercy.  Drink in throughout this day the enormous love of the Father!  Know the law has been canceled in measuring your relationship with God.

When you do, you're free!  "If is for freedom that Christ has set us free, no longer to live under the bondage of slavery" (Galatians 5:1).  You are free from the voice of the accuser!

It's a wonderful place to be.  It's where God wants all followers of Jesus to be.