I John 2:1 “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.”
I have several friends who are lawyers. And while we all enjoy a good lawyer joke now and then, I think lawyers sometimes get a bad rap. After all, if you found yourself in the hot seat, wouldn’t you want somebody to defend you? Lawyers help those who can’t help themselves. And in my humble opinion, that’s a pretty noble profession.
At the time he wrote this, John was an older man, and perhaps the only surviving apostle. Known as the “apostle of love,” he takes every opportunity to assure his “children” in the faith that God loves them no matter what. He knew we would mess up. He knew we would make mistakes. And while he wanted us to stay away from sin completely, he also wanted us to know that when we mess up, we are covered.
Jesus, the sinless One, is our advocate, our defender, our lawyer in that almighty courtroom. While Satan wants God to find us guilty, Jesus, (who just happens to be the Judge’s Son) reminds God that our penalty has been paid in full. Therefore, our case is dismissed – tossed out completely. What a wonderful friend we have in Jesus!
Dear Father, Thank You for Jesus. He took the punishment for my sins, and now He stands in heaven, defending me! I don’t deserve such love. Thank You for giving it to me, anyway.
Hallelujah! Dismissed — without prejudice.
I heard this the other day, Jean, and it really struck me:
“God is so incredibly biased . . . in your favor.”