1 John 2:1-2 – My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous. 2 He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins–and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
My heart as a Christian is to live in Christ and not sin, but sometimes I do fall short and I need to confess. At other times there are things I know I should do and I don’t do them. It helps me to know that I have an Advocate, a Defender, and a Supporter in heaven who pleads my case on my behalf.
It helps me to know that when I let myself down and ultimately let God down, that our Advocate is there for me. Over the years I have wondered what Jesus says in my defense. We can never know, but it might be something like this:
Father, Dave loves Me and I love Him. He knows Me and I know him. He tries really hard to live in Me and he does really well most of the time, but sometimes he falls short. Father, I died on the cross for Dave’s sin. I took it on Myself. I paid the price. Dave is forgiven because of My efforts on his behalf. Please restore Him and help him to live right.
We can never really know what is said, but it helps me to imagine something like the above. It helps me to know the One who is truly righteous is on my side and pleading my case before the Father in Heaven.
Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:
- Do you find it hard to confess your sin when you fall short? Does it take some time to approach God?
- Does it help you to know Jesus is your advocate, defender and supporter in heaven?