Light- Words of Wisdom for 01/25/2021 “ADVOCATE”

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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.

-1 John 2:1

IN this letter of 1 John, as chapter 1 transitions to chapter 2, we see the author speaking a great deal about sin. As we consider what it looks like for us to be walking in the light, we must remember how exposing light can be at times and rather than trying to ignore the brokenness in each of our lives, allow it to be brought into the light and transformed. In all of this, the word I am drawn to is “Advocate.” 

I work as a campus minister at Emory University, and here advocacy work is highly celebrated. Students seek out anything that can be done on behalf of the marginalized or those unable to advocate for themselves. As I read this passage, I am reminded that Jesus feels that same sense of passion, even obligation to stand in the gap between the Father and our sin for us out of his great love for us. In this business of walking in the light, we are not alone.

THIS is not to say that we treat sin in our lives lightly. As Paul says in his letter to Rome, “Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? Certainly not!” (Romans 6:1b-2a.) Rather this is an invitation to remember the cost of this grace, the cost of this advocacy. Our only appropriate response then is to daily surrender ourselves to the transforming light of Jesus. Furthermore, we are filled with immense gratitude knowing that when we do fall short, Jesus himself is there to lift us up, intercede on our behalf, and bring renewal. 

LASTLY, we must remember that this advocacy is not for us alone as individuals but for the entire world.

O God, may we be instruments of this grace in the world today as those living in the light of the Advocate Jesus. Amen.

– Alicia Marshall

Campus Minister, Emory University

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