Is this as comforting for you to read as it was for me?
…especially in light of last week’s passage?
That’s where John made the point that we are sinners. That even though we have come to Christ for cleansing from sin, we will still sin! It’s part of living in a fallen world as fallen people.
At those times when we sin, we have someone we can go to: Jesus Christ! He, the the Righteous One, advocates for us. Not because we are innocents. But because we are guilty. He advocates for us because HE is the innocent one who atoned for our sin! Just like the innocent, perfect lambs in the sacrificial days of long before…only better. Because His sacrifice was final and for good.