-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. - 1 John 2:1 NASB
As your Advocate, Jesus is the one who pleads your case. He is your comforter in heaven, just as the Holy Spirit is your comforter on earth. He who knows your sins is also the one who has identified Himself with your sins. His voice pleads on your behalf as your Righteous Redeemer. Because Jesus is for you, it means that nothing and no one can be against you. Because He is your defender, you do not need to try to defend yourself.
Satan's accusations against you are many. Jesus does not plead your innocence, but as your Advocate, He presents irrefutable evidence of the atonement that He has made on your behalf. As someone once said, "When you ask Jesus to represent you as your heavenly lawyer, remember that He has never lost a case."
Before a trial, a defendant is asked to plead one of two ways: "guilty" or "not guilty." For those who are in Christ, there is another plea that can be made, "I plead the blood of Jesus Christ on my behalf." You can rest your case in His hands. It is because of His shed blood that you are forgiven, cleansed, redeemed, and justified. You no longer need to live under condemnation or fear.
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