Christ Our Advocate
“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.” 1 John 2:1
Thank you Lord that the Tribe’s pitching is rolling right now! . . . But when pitching doesn’t go so right, the man in the middle must exit the mound so the relief pitcher can be brought in to save the game. Seven or eight innings in, when the starter has given everything he’s got (and sometimes all he’s got is junk), the errors have been made, and runs have been handed out like dollar dogs, he must hand the work over to the advocate. The relief. The guy who steps in and saves.
We have a Savior-Advocate much greater than a relief pitcher for America’s greatest past time. The hope is we avoid sin, error, wrongdoing, mess-ups. But like most pitchers, we are going to have our copious amounts of bad games. Thanks to the Father that we have a Relief Pitcher that will come in for us. One who won’t count our blunders against us any longer. In fact he forgets all and steps in only to save us. And not only for us but the entire team. Check it out.
“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2
It is unlikely that a bad game would land heavily on the shoulders of the man on the mound alone. It is errors that have plagued the whole and rendered it needy for atonement. The reliever must enter in to save the entire team for victory.
Everyone desires to be the one to stay in the game in the hopes that they themselves might save the day by hitting a walk-off homer. But the real walk-off is allowing Jesus, who has already won the victory, to enter in for you. To lead out of brokenness, demonstrating the acceptance of His grace for the win.
God’s Reliever is for you; He is also for all those around you. So humbly step off the mound today and give the work over to the One who is worthy.
Pray “Lord, there are many times I find it difficult to step off the mound. To accept the truth of my destitution and my need for your relief. I want to find the resolve to right my own wrongs and take the credit. I’m so challenged by stubbornness to loosen my grip on this pride and to humbly confess that I have sin and am in need of grace. Lord, I ask you to be my Reliever today and everyday. Thank you for valuing me and knowing me so deeply that you would be my advocate, atoning for my sin from far past to distant future; removing my sin as far as the east is from the west. Glory to You.”