SATURDAY 29TH JULY, 2017 READ – DAY: Act 12-13:1-12; Night: 1 Kings 1
THEME: JESUS OUR ADVOCATE
TEXT: 1 JOHN 2:1-6
HYMN: EMHB 368 – Arise, my soul, arise
Lawyers are trained to represent people before a Judges in law courts. In any situation, a person is entitled to his or her choice of advocate. It is very possible for a brilliant lawyer to get a guilty person discharged and acquitted of charges by exploiting loopholes in the legal system while shoddy or incompetent handling of a case by a lawyer could deny someone of justice. In either of the cases, we say that there is a miscarriage of justice.
The case is totally different when our case is before God, who is the Righteous Judge. First, there is no choice of advocate. Only one person has been appointed as our advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly, with Him there can be no miscarriage of justice. While John wants his readers to abstain from sin, he knew that as long as we are in the world there are tendencies for believers to commit acts of sin.
In such cases, he writes, “My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1John 2:1-2). God has appointed Jesus Christ as Advocate to plead the case of sinners. He also made Jesus the Propitiation for our sins by His sacrificial death which was an offering to appease the divine wrath against sin. What an advocate we have in Jesus Christ!
MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 2:2 “And He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for being my Advocate before God. Plead my cause and set me free evermore.