Thoughts on 1 John

1 John 2:1-2

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—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.”

There are law firms that advertise that they want to be our advocate.  They are for the people.  They want to be “for the people” whenever anything happens to you.  The catch is, they want to do it for a fee.  You either pay them in advance, or they get a percentage of anything they are able to collect for you.  We understand that–they have to make a profit in order to stay in business, but it stands in sharp contrast to the advocate that is offered to us in this scripture.

Jesus in our advocate, not just when someone does something to us, but when we do things to other people.  Notice that in all those law firm ads, they are talking about when someone does something to you.  They don’t advertise that if you were talking on your phone and hit another car they want to be your advocate.  They don’t advertise that if you broke into someone’s house and stole their property they want to be your advocate.  They don’t advertise that if you embezzled money from your employer they want to be your advocate.  They only want to be your advocate when someone did something to you that they can make money from.

Jesus is our advocate when we are the ones who sin–when we are the ones who are guilty.  And not only does He do that, He is the One who paid the price to be our advocate and He is the One who pays the penalty for our sin.  You don’t see any law firms advertising like that.  Jesus advocates with the Father for us, and He paid the price for our wrongdoing.  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

 

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