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Jesus Is Our Advocate

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.

What do you think of when you hear the word “advocate”? When I hear it, I think of a person who sticks up for someone else, especially for a person or group of people who is weak, voiceless, or in need. I think of a person who looks out for those who are often overlooked or forgotten. An advocate uses his power, influence, or position to support the cause of others. Advocates have the best interest of another at heart and take action to help. 

If you look up the word in the dictionary, here is what you’ll find:

  1. one that pleads the cause of another; specifically: one that pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court
  2. one that defends or maintains a cause or proposal
  3. one that supports or promotes the interests of another

With all this in mind, it is amazing that 1 John 2:1-2 tell us that Jesus is our advocate:

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.

This verse says that Jesus is our advocate even when we sin! He takes up our cause before the Father, pleading “not guilty” for us. We are so in need of an advocate; we have no defense on our own. We are guilty, broken, and weak. But Jesus steps in, using His power and position to forgive us and represent us. He takes on our sin and gives us His righteousness so that we always have a secure position with God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21).

I do not often think of Jesus as my advocate. It is so humbling to think of Him looking out for me and supporting my cause. It is easy for me to forget that He wants good for me and that He can – and will! - actually accomplish it (Romans 8:28). 

When I sin, it is especially easy to believe that He is disappointed, irritated, or frustrated with me. But this verse reminds me that if I sin, that’s exactly when Jesus steps in as my advocate. He doesn’t look at my sin and tell the Father, “This one is messing up again! She deserves punishment.” No, He pleads my case. Even when I fail Him, He has my best interest at heart. I never have to appeal to God on my own merit or in my own strength.

May we remember and be encouraged that Jesus is our advocate. 

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