February 17 | 1 John 2:1-2
“My little children, I am writing this to you for the purpose that you might not sin. Yet if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. And He is a propitiation concerning our sins, but not concerning our sins only, rather concerning the whole world.” (1 John 2:1–2)
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. As we gear up for Easter in the next 40 days, many Christians celebrate Lent. Ash Wednesday focuses on death and repentance. Jesus’ death pay for our repentance on the cross.
John writes to the church and reminds us to not sin. Commands like this in Scripture are given because we can follow them. We don’t have to sin as believers. Jesus died so we could live in freedom. Even when we don’t measure up to Jesus’ goal, he is our Advocate.
He intercedes for us when we fall short of God’s glory. John uses a unique word, propitiation, to describe how Jesus is our Advocate. On the cross, Jesus died, the means of atonement for us. Atonement means that we are at one with God. Jesus made us at one with him through his death.
Jesus made you relationship with him possible through his suffering and death. We remember his death throughout this season. He paid such a high cost for us to know him. Let us honor him with victory over sin and a continued commitment to obey his commandments.
Action Step: Ponder your freedom in Christ, gained on the cross by Jesus. His death brought you life. He made the way to God possible. Live in freedom from sin and kill the flesh with its evil desires every day.
Jesus, thank you that you came and died in my place. Thank you that you made me at one with God. Today, I choose to live for you in your righteousness given to me. As I think on the price you paid for my freedom, I glorify you today.