1 John 2:1 says: And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
When we sin, Jesus is our defender. God didn’t forgive us to later say, “Look what they did now! If I had known they would go and do that, I would never have forgiven them.” His forgiveness is available to us now through Jesus Christ, our advocate.
It’s as if we stand as the accused before our Judge, God the Father, in the heavenly court. In our defense our Advocate, Jesus Christ, stands up to answer the charges: “He’s completely guilty your honor. In fact, he’s even done worse than what he’s accused of, and now makes full and complete confession before You.” The gavel slams, and the Judge asks, “what should his sentence be?”
Our Advocate answers, “His sentence shall be death; he deserves the full wrath of this righteous court.” All along, our accuser, Satan, is having a lot of fun at all this. We are guilty! We admit our guilt! We see our punishment!
But then our Advocate asks to approach the bench. As he draws close to the Judge, he simply says: “Father, this one belongs to Me. I paid his price. I took the wrath and punishment from this court that he deserves.” The gavel sounds again, and the Judge cries out, “Guilty as charged! Penalty satisfied!”
Satan, our accuser, starts going crazy. “Aren’t you even going to put him on probation?” “No!” the Judge shouts. “The penalty has been completely paid by My Son. There is nothing to put him on probation for.” Then the Judge turns to our Advocate, Jesus, and says, “Son, you said this one belongs to You. I release him into Your care. Case closed!”
We may think that our sin sets God against us. But God’s love is so great that in His love He went to the ultimate measure to make us able to stand in the face of His righteousness. Through the shed blood of Jesus, God can be for us even when we’re guilty sinners.
A human defense lawyer argues for the innocence of his client. But our advocate, Jesus Christ, admits our guilt – and then enters His plea on our behalf as the one who has made an atoning sacrifice for our sinful guilt.