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We Have An Advocate

1 John 2:1

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.

One of my favorite shows – and I don’t watch a lot of TV other than sports – news – and some old shows – is Blue Bloods. Aside from the lead actor and one of my favorites – Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan – I appreciate the work that Bridget Moynahan does as Erin Reagan. I like police shows and courtroom shows (I grew up watching Raymond Burr on Perry Mason).

Court scenes are often very moving. The tension between the prosecution and the defense is often very subtle and at times very upfront. On a recent show Erin’s ex-husband was the defense while Erin represented the state – the prosecution. It was interesting watching the two lawyers and the judge interact.

Having someone to speak up for you in court is so important. At times that will be your lawyer – your advocate. At times that might be a witness – a friend or someone who observed what really happened. Having an advocate in court is important. An advocate is defined online on the Merriam-Webster website as – one who pleads the cause of another; specifically: one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court.

It is this legal term that John uses in today’s passage – defining Jesus as our advocate – one that pleads our cause before the Father. As much as I would love to have someone as good as Perry Mason defending me in court – I would more appreciate having Jesus speak up for me before the Father in the eternal court.

Let’s add one verse to today’s passage. 1 John 2:1–2 – 1 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. Not only is Jesus our advocate – He is the One who has paid for our crimes or sins. He is not only the One who will speak up for us before the Father – claiming us as His own – He has – on the Cross of Calvary – paid the price – the debt – we owed through our sins. Now that is Good News today dear readers.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Don’t miss the opportunity to spend time preparing for Easter by attending Holy Week services in a Christian Church near you. Our services began last night and will continue tonight with a reenactment of the Lord’s Supper – followed by a Good Friday service tomorrow night. Check our schedule here.

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April 13, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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