“My little children,” the Apostle John wrote, “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.” Jesus is our advocate, the one who speaks on our behalf, our mediator who stands in the gap between heaven and earth, standing-up for us when we have no leg to stand on.
Jesus has atoned for all our sin, guilt, and shame through his “propitiation” which means that his death has satisfied the demands of justice and put to rest the sin issue once for all through his blood. Christ’s gracious intervention has saved us from ourselves. Jesus has made it possible for us to experience forgiveness, restoration, and new life. When we are so broken and so full of tears that we cannot even speak words at all, Jesus steps in and speaks on our behalf with words that mean something because they have been backed up with the action of the cross.
So, then, we all really have two choices in the matter: we can either pretend everything is okay and proceed with business as usual; or, we can come to Jesus, confessing our sin and receiving the grace of forgiveness and cleansing. What is more, Christ’s followers are called to be little advocates practicing the ministry of coming alongside and interceding for one another before God and others. If spiritual healing is needed, there are no better verses than these to ingest, believe, and bank on.
O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which is the love of God in Christ, the true source of healing and the real bond of peace. Amen.