That you may know (1 John 2)

“we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”- 1 John 2:1

With summer coming to a close and the fall weather officially upon us, the season change makes me consider how I spent my summer days. Like you, I am sure your summer was busy! Going here and there, spending time with family, planning vacations, camps, BBQ’s on the weekends, keeping up with the yard work so you’re not the talk of the neighborhood facebook page or HOA meeting. But now you find yourself in a new season of life where maybe for the first time you’re taking a deep breath of fatigue. Maybe you’re considering of slowing down for a couple of months before Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive and life speeds up once more.

As I opened the Word of God this morning I found myself spiritually fatigued (surely you’ve never felt that) and behold I was reminded of three motivating truths as I read and I hope encourages you to press on to not take a spiritual break in your walk with Christ

  1. John says that “I am writing to you that you may not sin. But if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”- Often times we want to slow down and take a break from serving Jesus due to our awareness of falling short of the glory of God (aka: sin) Here John tells us energizing news, that if you find yourself struggling this morning, stop looking at your sin and start looking at the Savior! Jesus Christ the righteous. John tells us that He is our advocate to God the father. Now to be an advocate means to “help or intercede for someone else on their behalf” If you are in Christ Jesus He is pleading your forgiveness before the throne of God with his work of sacrifice on the cross and His blood never fails!
  2. “He himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world”. Secondly, since we have been freed from our sin, pardoned entirely before God, therefore, being energized to not take a break John reminds us that this is personal news for us, yes, but it needs to go public! Jesus is the propitiation, meaning he atoned for our sin by his obedience and sacrifice turning the wrath of God from sinners on Jesus. Do you know someone who does not know this news? That Christ died, was buried and rose from the grave 3 days later for the forgiveness of man. Surely you will meet someone today that does not have this hope. Make a difference today by spreading the scandalous news of the Cross for the forgiveness of sinners.
  3. Thirdly and lastly, this news will cause change! John writes “by this, we know that we have come to know Him if we keep his commandments”. Great news requires great actions. When we believe by grace through faith Jesus died for our sins so we can become sons and daughters of God Almighty we will reflect our citizenship. We can not declare Jesus to be our Savior and not be our master. For you and I this morning, it would be wise to look into our hearts and see where our disobedience lies and then return to the news that we have heard earlier! John would tell us “little children I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin” May you be energized by forgiveness to make the most of your day today!

Grace and Peace, Nate Ashbaugh

 

 

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