FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness… My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 1:8-2:2 (ESV)
GETTING STARTED WITH GOD: JESUS WILL BE MY DEFENDER
The story is told of a young girl who accepted Christ as her Savior and applied for membership in a local church. “Were you a sinner before you received the Lord Jesus into your life?” inquired an old deacon. “Yes, sir,” she replied. “Well, are you still a sinner?” asked the deacon. “To tell you the truth, I feel I’m a greater sinner than ever,” replied the young girl. Then the deacon asked, “Then what real change have you experienced?” “I don’t quite know how to explain it,” she said, “except I used to be a sinner running after sin, but now that I am saved. I’m a sinner running from sin!”
This little girl had it right. According to 1 John, if we confess our sins and repent by faith God will forgive us. And after that our goal is to not sin but even if we do Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient to pay for it. We could never be good enough to stand before God and defend ourselves for the sins we’ve committed. Only Jesus can do that, and He will for all who have repented and placed their faith in Him.
Think about some of the most famous or infamous defense attorneys you can remember. None of them compare to the defense Jesus has prepared for our sins by dying for them. If you refuse to accept Him in your life you have no hope of being found not guilty. But if you do accept Jesus you have the assurance of God that heaven will one day be your home.
Take some time to thank God and praise Him using the defense attorney and court room analogy.