Monday, April 15, 2013

Musical Monday - Plead for Me

I was reading 1 John this morning....a short letter, but full of truth. And as I was reading one verse in particular spoke to my heart.
"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

Normally I don't really dig to much into the Greek, but I did today. ESV's translation of "parakletos" is advocate…the word carries the meaning of an intercessor, consoler, a comforter.
Other translations render "parakletos" in 1 John 2:1 like this:
"My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One." NIV
"My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous." NLT
It reminds me of what Paul tells us in Romans,
"Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us." 
-Romans 8:34
Jesus has a place of honor. Jesus is at the right hand of God. Jesus is the only righteous one. And Jesus pleads for me!!

He is ALL I need and He supplies and He is a provider and mighty warrior who has already WON.

This victory that Christ has WON for us that we don't even deserve but we are given!

Because of the Cross, the weak can say they have strength, because Christ has risen FROM THE DEAD.  He is alive and we are ALIVE because of who HE IS and because of that, 

We have H O P E.   

There is no one to condemn us, because Christ has taken our guilty verdict upon himself. 

We have hope stronger than the condemnation that our hearts want to pull us under and the sin that tries to enslave us and the hopelessness that may come because our idols are crushed. 

And there is hope that satisfies because it is greater than OUR HEARTS and it is enough for us..
And. That. Changes. Everything.

But, even more wonderfully, he takes the role of my defense attorney, pleading for me with the divine judge. 

And this is not a one-time thing. No. Instead, Christ is continuously interceding for me.

He pleads for me because it is through Him and in Him that I have my standing. The case against me is closed -- no, thrown out even. 

Acquitted because Jesus' righteousness has been imputed to my account. As if I've never sinned…that is the standing that I have before God -- ONLY because of Jesus and His perfect sacrifice that was accepted by the Father.

We are HIS BELOVED and heirs with the One who saves, heals, comforts, transforms and changes those who have nothing but shame and sin and  gives them a purpose and an identity and a reality and an unshakeable everything...

When I am weak I lift up my eyes
To see my Savior plead for me
When fear closes in and doubt sows a seed
I know my Savior pleads for me

Of Your love there is no doubt
Of Your mercies I am sure
Jesus knows my need and for me intercedes
All my hope is Christ

When sin rises up I fall to my knees
To see my Savior plead for me
Storms may rage on, but this is my peace:
I know my Savior pleads for
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