We Have An Advocate With The Father
My Dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – 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
Christ stands as the eternal atoning sacrifice that mediates between God and man. It is his eternal existence as the atoning sacrifice that advocates for all who will come to him in faith.
In olden times man was not allowed to face God and plead his cause. There was no provision to approach God on a personal basis, there was only the offering of an animal to appease God’s wrath for sin.
Then he gave the world an opportunity – Christ came to earth as a man to endure a hideous death, becoming the eternal atoning sacrifice for all of mankind for all time. And now we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense.
Take comfort in the fact that what Christ effected on the cross did not just affect those who lived at that time, or just for a particular group of people. His sacrifice atoned for the sins of the whole world for all time.
There is a common phrase in confession, “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned.” I have good news – He already has – through Christ our atoning sacrifice.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the hope of forgiveness and right standing with God that is in Christ. Grant me the faith to walk in that forgiveness. In Jesus name. Amen.
Message: Christ came to earth as a man to endure a hideous death, becoming the eternal atoning sacrifice for all of mankind for all time. And now we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense.
Affirmation: I know my sins are forgiven because the blood of Jesus Christ is eternally before the Father making intercession for all who believe upon Christ.
Reflection: What is the picture you have in your mind when you think of Jesus speaking to the Father in our defense? Can you explain the concept of an atoning sacrifice and how Christ is our atoning sacrifice?
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