Acts 10:39-43 (NLT)
39 �And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him to life on the third day. Then God allowed him to appear, 41 not to the general public, but to us whom God had chosen in advance to be his witnesses. We were those who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 And he ordered us to preach everywhere and to testify that Jesus is the one appointed by God to be the judge of all�the living and the dead. 43 He is the one all the prophets testified about, saying that everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through his name.�


Peter testifies for the apostles who were with Jesus that Jesus was put to death; was raised back to life by God on the third day; and Jesus appeared to those whom He had chosen. The apostles spent time with Jesus after His resurrection where they were told to preach to the world that Jesus is the Savior; the one appointed to judge all sin. Peter says for those who believe in Him they will have their sins forgiven because of their fellowship with Him.


John writes in 1 John 2:1-2, �My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins�and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.� Like Peter, John wants us to know we have a savior in Jesus. John also tells us we should avoid sin. In other words we should seek after God�s heart and know what is holy versus what is sinful. There will be times when we fail and sin, but the loving grace of Jesus holds firm in that He is the propitiation for our sin. Jesus made the atoning sacrifice so when we do sin Jesus brings peace and restoration between us and God. We do not have to bear the shame and burden of sin before God for Jesus has already made atonement for that sin.