My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. 1 John 2:1-2 HCSB
At the bottom of my professional resume I have listed some references of people who know me well and can speak to others honestly about my strengths and weaknesses. Naturally, I listed people who would have sufficient knowledge of my work ethic and Christian walk to be able to give me a good recommendation. These references are my advocates. They have my back and are supporting me.
These verses tell us that Jesus is our advocate with the Father. Advocate can also be translated as “Counselor”, “Helper”, and “Comforter”. Jesus speaks to God on our behalf. Jesus is also our propitiation for sins. He is our substitute. He died in our place. We deserve death, but He paid the price that God demands for sin. Jesus did this so all people could be forgiven and have a relationship with God the Father. Because of Jesus, God looks at us and only sees a perfect person without sin.
Challenge: Thank Jesus for being your advocate before God the Father. Thank Him for taking your place and dying on the cross for your sins.