The Advocate And The Atoning Sacrifice

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.
In chapter one of his first letter, the Apostle John makes an argument against sin.  We who are believers in Christ are all too aware of our own faults and failures.  We’re well aware of our own sinfulness.  When we compare ourselves to the sinless Christ, we are even more aware of the fact that we just don’t measure up.  This is the bad news.  John was imploring people not to sin.  That was one of his purposes in writing this letter.  In chapter one, John pleads with people to walk in the light of God’s grace.  But we know all too well that we too often choose to walk in the darkness.  That’s why it is important that we confess our sins and our sinfulness to God.
God knew that we would succumb to our evil desires and sinful natures.  That’s why He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, the only Righteous One.  He is two things: our Advocate and our atoning sacrifice.  He pleads our case before the Father, the Judge of all humanity.  The enemy accuses us and Jesus defends us.  How is Jesus able to defend our cause so successfully?  Because He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  He laid down His life to satisfy the wrath of God.  Now, for those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus, God has been appeased by Christ’s sacrifice.  God has no more wrath for those who are in Christ for God poured out His anger and His wrath on Jesus on the cross.  Where there was once anger and hostility, there is now peace through the cross.  This is the good news of the Gospel.  Jesus died for our sins and for the sins of the whole world.  Salvation is available to everyone, not just a select few.  Therefore, let us share His love with everyone that they might know the joy of following Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for sending Your Son.  Thank You, Jesus, for suffering on the cross for my sake.  May I live a life worthy of Your sacrifice today.  Amen.

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