The Court Room
You have a problem and you have ended up in trouble with the law for what you have done. Your nerves are on end and you have no idea what or where your life is going from here. You have been trying to better yourself by going to meetings, seeking professional help, and talking with true friends to keep you on track. Still you don't know how thing are going to work out.
The time has come to go in front of the judge to find out what is going to happen. You meet with your attorney ahead of time and you state what you have been doing to better your situation, but you know that you are guilty and deserve punishment. Your attorney goes over what can happen... 10 years prison... probation... and the list builds. The reality sets in that this is real and you feel like a screw up for what has happen. How will this affect your life plans? How will this influence your future? Your anxiety starts to rise.
You are now in the court room and the attorney says he will be right back. You are watching the clock as the minutes pass by. You feel all alone, wondering what is taking so long. Finally, your attorney returns and there is no judge entering with him. What is going on? The attorney then smiles and says, "The judge has agreed to give you some time to get your problem under control. Let's meet in a few months and check on your progress. If you have shown improvement, all charges will be dropped." You can't believe what you have just heard and also relieved at the same time. You realize that you have been given a reprieve and it all up to you. It's your choice to continue bettering yourself, or fall back into trouble.
This is the same way Jesus intercedes for us. He is our attorney going to the judge and pleading our case. Then returns to say all charges have been dropped because you have been faithful to the task given to you. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9