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More kid stuff and a special Bible verse

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I was just upstairs in the boys’ room to see what Noah (4, our youngest) was up to. He was playing with little action figures that appear to be ultra-modern firefighters. One has a flashlight clipped onto his helmet, which is common among firefighters. Noah didn’t recognize it as a flashlight so I told him it was. The figure is also wearing a mask and breathing apparatus. Noah proceeded to tell me the figure was a deep sea diver and he used his flashlight to, “…hunt sharks, whales and fish”.

I also noticed a drawing that Devin (8, oldest) had done. It’s a most wanted poster and the criminal is his brother. Devin must have been mad at Noah when he drew it. The poster reads as follows:

Most Wanted

for stealing, breaking, crimes unnone

It then has a depiction of Noah with an apparently criminal-looking expression on his face. Devin is a very good speller, so I’m slightly surprised that he didn’t get unknown right, but it’s funny that he included the catch-all of crimes unknown. And now the Bible verse…

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; {1 John 2:1}

Devin has already convicted Noah of various crimes. Kids tend to be this way in that things are open and shut with them. I’ve no doubt that Devin is convinced of Noah’s guilt (unless he’s gotten over whatever prompted the wanted poster). Noah does the same in reverse. We tend to be this way as adults too. The political polarization of our country is a great example. Republicans and Democrats tend to immediately dismiss one another’s ideas without giving them proper consultation.

God is pretty open and shut in His judgments as well, but he has a right to be. He is, after all, God. He is also perfectly righteous. The apostle’s admonition is that we do not sin, and we should strive for this. However, we remain sinners in our time here on earth so while we are told to strive for perfection, we also know it will never be attained. What then are we to do? We love the Lord and want to do what is right (thanks be to God for sanctification, provided by Him), but we’ll never reach that most lofty goal. Why bother? We will be judged for falling short, right? Not if you belong to Jesus Christ. If you have trusted in Christ as your Savior you have an advocate. If Jesus called us to faith and we responded, but we fell short of perfection and He then condemned us for that who could be saved? Who would ever enter the kingdom of heaven? Nobody would. Not only did we require an atonement for our sins, but we require an advocate. That advocate is Jesus. Elsewhere, Paul termed Jesus a mediator. This also shows the importance of His resurrection. Had He not risen from the dead, we would have no advocate. Noah may need a defense lawyer, or advocate, against the charges Devin has placed on him, but we who have trusted in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior already have one. And, no, Jesus does not charge billable hours. In fact, Christ offers His advocacy free of charge.


Written by Shawn

March 2, 2006 at 4:30 pm

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