‘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. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.’ 1 John 2:1-2
There is a saying that if you represent yourself in a court of law you have a fool for a lawyer.
There have been a couple of times in our business that we have had to use an attorney.
It was a great feeling knowing we had someone speaking on our behalf in situations that we really knew nothing about.
They spoke for us in front of the judge when we would have not known what to say or how to say it.
They knew the law, we didn’t.
The Bible has been given to us as God’s words to us.
We need to study it and know it so we do not sin.
But Paul tells us in this verse that when we do sin we have an advocate (lawyer) that will speak for us when we can’t.
I like to picture him telling the Father, ‘Yeah, I know they sinned but remember what I did.’
Always reminding the Father of the love given to us.
The mercy shown.
And the grace extended.
A lot of people think God is just this being in heaven waiting for us to mess up.
But that is not true.
He knows we will sin.
He knows we will not be perfect that is why he sent his son and that is why Jesus is our advocate, our voice, our interceder.
Does this mean we can just sin all we want knowing that Jesus will stand up for us?
Grace is not a permission to sin.
Grace is given to cover our sins but we should always strive not to sin.
Our Advocate, Jesus, understands us and understands the Father and will always speak on our behalf.
Dear God, thank you for sending your Son as the perfect sacrifice for my sins.
Thank you, Jesus, for being my advocate, my voice to the Father when I do mess up.
Forgive me and help me to understand and accept the grace you have given me.