Jesus Christ, Our Advocate
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2 NASB
Do not sin!! Obeying this command from John the Apostle is “easier said than done.” Although God demands us to live a holy life (1 Peter 1: 15-16), we probably will not live a perfect life. However, Jesus covers our imperfection (sin). He is our advocate. He intercedes for us. He defends us when we do not deserve it. Jesus can advocate for us because he is righteous (in good standing with God), and he is the propitiation for our sins. This means God accepted the death of Jesus as the atonement for our sins. We should be encouraged because we have someone fighting for us even when stop fighting for ourselves. We cannot allow guilt over our sins prevent us from getting back up and following Jesus. Like the Apostle John, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
Do you think it is possible to live a perfect (sinless) life? (post comments below)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus’ ministry of intercession. May I live a life that honors his sacrifice for me. In His name, amen.