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1 John 2:1-2
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
When we become Christians, the penalty of our sin is gone. However, the propensity to sin remains. Earlier in his letter, John explained that when we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9). In today’s passage, he explains how that forgiveness takes place.
To explain this truth, John paints the picture of a courtroom scene. We have sinned and stand before the Judge, our heavenly Father. Our advocate stands by our side. He speaks to the Father in our defense. In God’s court, our advocate must be, and is, sinless. He is Jesus Christ, the Righteous.
The Righteous stands with us as the One who died for our sins on the cross. Our defender is also our atoning sacrifice. He fully paid for our sins by his death on the cross. He died so that we could live. With Jesus, our verdict is, “Not guilty!” His sacrifice provides full pardon. The Righteous sets the sinner free!
Thank you for our advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous. Thank you for loving us so much that you would give your Son for us.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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