The Prosecutor Perry Mason Can't Beat by James Merritt

THE PROSECUTOR PERRY MASON CAN'T BEAT
Dr. James Merritt
John 16:7-11
1-9-2000

INTRODUCTION

1. Perry Mason. A name that can strike the fear of
God into the heart of any prosecutor. For any
defendant accused of murder, he was the supreme "ace
in the hole." From September of 1957 to October of
1966, Perry Mason tried 270 murder cases on
television. How many cases did he lose? Believe it
or not, he appears to have lost two.

2. In "the case of the Terrified Typist" a jury
returns a guilty verdict against Perry's client, and
the prosecutor, Hamilton Burger, gets goose bumps
thinking he had finally beaten his nemesis.

3. But Mason's most famous "loss" occurred in "the
case of the Deadly Verdict." It is a strange
episode. The show opens in the courtroom, a
decision is being handed down. Perry's client is
found guilty of murdering her aunt for money, and is
sentenced to die in the gas chamber.

4. But both of these episodes had one other thing
in common--before the final commercial, Perry comes
through with new information, reverses the verdict
and clears his client. In other words, in all of
his murder cases (have you noticed Perry must have
been a pretty morbid guy, because the only thing he
ever tried was murder cases? Did he ever probate a
will or try a divorce?), he batted a 1.000. He
never lost a case. (1)

5. Well, I have news for Perry Mason. There is one
prosecutor even Perry Mason cannot beat, and that is
the Holy Spirit of God. Now, quite frankly, that is
good news. Jesus said in John 16:7, "Nevertheless I
tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I
go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will
not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to
you."

6. Jesus told the disciples that one of the
greatest blessings the world would ever receive
would be in His leaving and the Holy Spirit's
coming. Why? The answer is found in v.8, "And when
H ...


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