Daily Devotion, 11/28/2018, “A Good Lawyer”
1 John 2:1-2 NIV
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.
While traveling to literally every corner of our state these last few weeks, I noticed that around two out of three billboards state wide are plastered with advertisements for a personal injury lawyer named Bart or his chief competitor Gordon. These two are obviously in a very expensive advertising war. If you watch any local newscast statewide, more than half of the commercials are for them. Crazy! I’m not so sure that we need these legal advocates as much as advertised but there is one advocate that we absolutely do need. His name is Jesus.
John writes these verses as if he’s a hopeful dad writing to his child. “I write these things so that you will not sin.” It’s kind of like, “I’ve raised you the right way and taught you to do the right thing.” You have both the knowledge to know what sin is and the discernment of the Holy Spirit within us to avoid sinning. Hopefully you’ll be good kids and choose not to sin. John is wise enough to include a big “if” in the second line. “But if anybody does sin…” I like how general he makes that statement sound. It’s like he’s saying, “I know it’s a big ‘if’ and it most likely will not be you, of course, but if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father.”
Jesus, having satisfied what justice required for you on the cross, is your advocate with the Father. If by some off chance you sin, He stands before the Father saying, “Yes, what they did was wrong and unrighteous but I atoned for, paid for and covered their sin with my sacrifice on the cross.” Because of that, the Father does not see you in your unrighteousness, He sees the righteousness of His Son which has been given to you. Praise God!
You are loved!