Nick Garcia

We have an advocate

July 4, 2017
“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. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” – 1 John 2:1-2

Today we celebrate America’s independence and enjoy the freedoms allotted to us. Our nation’s founding fathers, while the thirteen colonies were at war with Great Britain, drafted the Declaration of Independence stating that dissolution of British Rule and the formation of the United States of America.

When I accepted Christ into my life, I learned of the freedom I was granted through His sacrifice. By the shedding of His blood, my past sins were atoned for and I could live free from sin. When I read 1 John 2:1-2, I couldn’t believe how far grace extended. John encourages us to live a life free from sin. Once we know Christ, we should strive to remove ourselves from temptation and walk in our freedom. What I love is that if we do sin, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth as a man, showed the world a path to heaven and gave His life for our sin, pleads with God to forgive us. God is just and holy and cannot be marred by sin. It’s through the sacrifice of Christ that we can have a relationship with God today and in eternity.

John encourages us to live a life free from sin. Once we know Christ, we should strive to remove ourselves from temptation and walk in our freedom. What I love is that if we do sin, Jesus Christ, who came to this earth as a man, showed the world a path to heaven and gave His life for our sin, pleads with God to forgive us. Do you know how crazy that is? He already gave up his life. Why should he have to do anything else?

An advocate is someone that pleads the cause of another. If you are passionate about seeing Hunger in America disappear, you would work with organizations like Feeding America. You would write your representative to encourage them to sign bills to help the hungry. You would donate money and time to help these programs provide food. You would do all that you can for a cause you’re passionate about.

That what Christ does for us!

It’s beautiful to see the contrast in the freedom our nation celebrates and our own spiritual freedom. Representatives of the General Congress gathered to create a document that declared our nation’s freedom. People fought and gave their lives in war to secure our independence.

The battle for our souls wasn’t won by human strength, will, or might. It was through the sacrifice of Jesus. It was the shedding of His blood that brought forgiveness of our sins. By being the only truly righteous one, He was the only life that could carry the weight of our sin.

By writing this, I’m celebrating my freedom to express my words without the censorship of the government. I’m able to worship as I choose. I have the right to agree or disagree with my government. As we celebrate these freedoms today, remember that our freedom in Christ didn’t come from anything that we did. Like John wrote, let’s work to not allow sin to ensnare us. If we do sin, remember that your advocate is pleading with God on your behalf.