Today's reading

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the righteous one. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world. –1 John 2:1-2 NIV

March 30, 2024

Charges Dropped

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the righteous one. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the sins of the whole world. –1 John 2:1-2 NIV

What is an advocate? Easton’s Bible dictionary defines it as “one who pleads another’s cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him.” I was in need of an advocate when I was involved in a traffic accident that was not my fault. Due to the circumstances, I was charged with the offense. The police officer who came to make the report was very kind, and he apologized for having to give me a ticket. He then told me not to worry, and that he would go to court to defend me before the judge. Thankfully, he did just that, and the charges were dismissed. He had become my advocate before the judge. That’s exactly what Jesus does for us. He pleads our case before the Father with His own blood, resulting in all the charges against us being dropped. “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT). We are forgiven, as our advocate is always defending us. Praise God!

prayer focuses

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for defending me, taking my place, and pleading my case. Without You, I would be lost.

Lord Jesus, You took my place and received the punishment that I deserved. What a great price You paid to be my advocate. Praise You and thank You, dear Lord!

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Brenda Beattie

Brenda Beattie is a retired letter carrier and an active Chaplain for the USPS. She and her husband retired to Bradenton because they loved their church, Bayside Community Church. She has self-published two books, "Finding Sacred Ground In The Daily Grind," and "The Case Of The Missing Letter." She is also a repeat author for "Chicken Soup For The Soul." Her articles appear monthly in the "Mountaineer," a postal publication. Her hearts desire is to encourage and to give hope.