“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”—1 John 2:2.

The 1984 movie Places in the Heart has a powerful closing scene. The characters from the movie are gathered in a Baptist church in a small Texas town. As the elements of communion are passed, the camera focuses on the faces of the participants. They are all there, even those who have died. The bad are present, along with the good. The killer and the victim share the same Lord’s Supper.

The only force that is powerful enough to bring them all together is the blood of Jesus Christ. His atoning sacrifice allows us to be united with God and united with each other.

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