“An Advocate”

 

         It’s good to be back home. Lora and I got back last night, just in time for Awana. The lesson I was to teach was that Jesus is our advocate. I spent the first several minutes explaining what an advocate is. I used the illustration of gum in Singapore. I love gum, and all the kids love gum, but chewing gum in Singapore is illegal. And if you are caught selling gum you face two years in prison and a fine of $100,000. Of course, that’s the same country where you can be fined $150 for not flushing the toilet when you’re done…but I didn’t share that with the kids.

         I asked the kids what reasons they would give for why we should be allowed to chew gum in Singapore. They came up with many reasons, things like; it’s fun, it makes bubbles, it tastes good, and it keeps us from chewing on other things. I then informed them that they were being an advocate for gum; they were coming to the defense of gum. 1 John 2:1 tells us that when we sin we have one, Jesus Christ, who speaks to the Father in our defense.

         All of us are sinners in need of someone to intervene for us. We can do nothing to save ourselves. Jesus took our punishment for sin by dying on the cross (2 Cor. 5:21). And because our sins are forgiven, we have peace with God, the judge, but only because of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1). Hebrews 4:16 reminds us that we can come boldly before the throne of God, but again, only because Jesus Christ stands with us as our advocate.

         It’s an important lesson for all of us.

         Thank You, God for Jesus Christ, through whom allows us with the only opportunity to come before You in prayer.

 

 

Pastor Mike Fast

“Between Sundays”