TDR: 28 January (1 John 2:1)

‘We have an Advocate’ (1 John 2:1)

YES – Jesus pleads for us in heaven; by His own blood He entered once into the holiest, there to appear in the presence of God FOR US. He pleads for us against Satan, answering all his accusations; and for us with the Father, that we may be kept, supplied and glorified.

O what a comfort when the heart is distressed in prayer, when the mouth is closed by guilt, when the spirit is harassed by temptation, to know that Jesus as our Advocate appears and pleads for us above!

Dear friends, Jesus is before God for YOU this morning, and every morning; and the benefit of HIS intercession you daily enjoy. When doubting and fearful, put your cause afresh into His hands, and leave Him to carry it; He can plead well; His arguments are powerful and His manner is divine.

Keep Jesus before you this day as your Advocate; rejoice in His office and name, and remember He is saying, “Father, I will that those whom You have given me, may be where I am, to behold my glory.” Him the Father hears always; and all for whom He pleads are safe and shall be happy.

Look up, my soul, with cheerful eyes,
See, where the great Redeemer stands
The glorious Advocate on high,
With precious incense in His hands;
And on His pleading still depend,
Who is your Advocate and Friend.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘My path of late had been mazy…. ”Christ is all, and is in all” [Colossians 3:11]. He is all in the purposes of Jehovah, that is to say, all the purposes of God have reference to Christ, and centre in Christ; hence we read of “His eternal purpose, which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. And He is in all the purposes of Jehovah. How sweet to view Jesus as the God-man, my brother, Saviour and friend; and to see that all God’s purposes aim at His honour, happiness and exaltation.’