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.


John writes to all people that if anybody sin, we have an advocate with the Father in Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. Our definition for an advocate, according to Merriam-Webster, is one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court. The “judicial court” in the sense of this scripture is made up not of a group of people that as a jury would determine your innocence, guilt, and punishment. In this “judicial court” there is only one who serves as judge, jury, and executioner of the punish – God is that one.

As scripture tells us, every knee will bow to the Lord and every tongue will confess to Him all the works we have done in our lives and we will be judged accordingly. When we stand before the Lord, I tell you that it is best that we go before Him with representation and not try to be our very own advocate/lawyer. Who better to be our advocate than Jesus Christ? Jesus knew no sin and is the second person of God (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). As God is righteous, Jesus is righteous. Jesus being righteous is, therefore, perfect. I would think it best to have this perfect one who knew no sin to stand on our behalf and plead our case before the Lord as to why we should be found innocent of any charge against how we lived our lives.

I honestly cannot imagine trying to stand before the Lord, as a sinner, knowingly, trying to plead my innocence. Yet, because many of us refuse the representation of Christ as our advocate, that is just what is going to happen is the day of judgment. They will stand before the Lord, knowing that they are guilty for opposing and living against His way, yet they will attempt to plead their innocence anyway. How do you imagine that will turn out? Don’t be this person. Be wise and understand that you have an advocate in Christ that is willing to stand before the Lord on your behalf and plead your innocence. Put your trust in Him!