1 John 2:1, 2
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” 1 John 2:1.
While on a mission trip in Thailand, some of the team members with us were curious about the Buddhist temples. We took them to see a couple of the temples.
The doors of the temple are usually open during the day and evening and anyone may enter. Before entering, one must remove his shoes. The buildings are cool even though there is no air conditioning because the ceilings are steeply pitched and high. Large, carved, wooden chairs line the sides of the main room. These are where various monks, according to their rank, will sit on Buddhist holidays. On these days, people gather to bless the monks with gifts. In return, the monks will sprinkle water on their heads with some sort of good luck blessing. The monk cannot forgive any transgression the people may have committed. For that, they must do good deeds for merits.
Conversely, we go to church to worship the living God, praise Jesus and be convinced or convicted by the Holy Spirit through a biblical message. Furthermore, Jesus is our constant advocate, not just on Sundays. He makes intercession for us to the Father. I am so glad; more than glad, I am ecstatic that we have Jesus on our side!
REFLECTION – God demands no money, gifts or favors, only faith, in Jesus as our Savior.