MAR 8Restore My Joy

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. . . (Ps. 51:12)

For Jesus, getting to the cross was no accident. God put a "just-in-case" clause into the works before the creation of all things. That is, just in case Adam and Eve sinned or transgressed, He was sending Himself to Calvary. Revelation 13:8 reminds us of the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."

Now we can directly apply to ourselves the words of 1 John 2:1: "If anyone sins, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ . . ." Literally, we have Him now. Whenever we need Him, He is there. The apostle doesn't say that we will have an advocate when we feel bad long enough. He said that we will always have an advocate. The word "advocate" means that Jesus is literally standing face to face with the Father on our behalf. David knew nothing of that relationship when he wrote Psalm 51, yet he knew the truth innately. We have a powerful Advocate in Jesus Christ. The hymn writers joyfully penned these triumphant words over 100 years ago:

What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus. (Robert Lowry, 1876)

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. For nothing good have I Whereby Thy grace to claim, I'll wash my garments white In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb. (Elvina M. Hall, 1865)

Lord Jesus, thank You for going to the cross to die for our sins and bring us eternal salvation. You truly are the Advocate who intercedes on our behalf with the Father. We know that we could never save ourselves because all of our meager righteousness is as filthy rags. Amen.