|1 John 2:1, 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.
The dictionary defines an advocate as “a person who pleads for, or stands on behalf of, another; an intercessor; a person who pleads the cause of another in a court of law”.
|When we consider Jesus as our advocate we understand and have confidence that today He sits in this role for us – not in the courts of law that are on this earth but indeed in the courts of heaven. The Bible reveals that we do not stand blameless before God the Father in our own righteousness which may be the result of our performance or doing. But rather we stand before God righteous and blameless because we are now – by His doing – in Jesus Christ the righteous one!|
As our high priest, He now stands as an advocate and intercessor before the Father and His righteousness is what causes us to stand with confidence as those who belong, not as trespassers who don’t! The truth is that when the Father looks at those who have placed their faith in Jesus, because we are now in Him, He sees us clothed in His righteousness and now blameless. As our intercessor, Jesus stands constantly before the Father on our behalf, releasing grace upon us instead of judgement because of the blood He shed and the marks He still bears in His hands. He now stands in and bridges any gap there may have been between us and God and His righteous judgements.
Today, take a moment to rejoice that, among all the things, Jesus is for us now. He is our advocate and our intercessor! You have a man in heaven – Jesus the righteous – a righteous man who stands before the Father constantly on your behalf, causing you to have a righteousness apart from the law, an inherent righteousness that we did not deserve and could never have earned!
Thank Him today that He is your Advocate!
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