The Promise of an Advocate
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 43 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, three daughters-in-law--Leah, Vanessa, and Sarah, and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2018 Dec 08
“We have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1).
People who live in big cities understand this principle.
We deal with so many different government bodies—local, state and federal—that sooner or later we’ll get in trouble one way or another. At that moment, only one question crosses the mind: “Who can help me out?” If you know someone at City Hall, suddenly your problems begin to vanish. To survive in today’s world, you need friends in high places—someone who knows you and is willing to help you out.
Jesus is the friend we need!
He is our attorney in heaven who speaks to the Father in our defense. When the devil comes and makes a claim against us, Jesus speaks up on our behalf and pleads his own blood in our defense. The Father looks at the Son, sees his pierced hands, and says, “Case dismissed.” Let me tell you the best part of this truth: He’s never lost a case yet. No matter how much money you pay an earthly lawyer, you can never be certain of the outcome of your case. So many things can happen in the courtroom you can’t control. Even the best lawyers lose now and then. But because Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of God the Father, he’s in the place of highest authority in the universe. He never has to appeal a decision to the Supreme Court. He is the Supreme Court—and he’s there for you and me all the time. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “24-7"—it means 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That’s what Jesus is. He’s our 24-7 advocate in heaven.
When the world cries out, “Guilty!” Jesus says, “You are my child. My blood covers your sins. I overturn the verdict on earth. You are welcome in heaven forever. Come and enter my Kingdom.”
Jesus is not only the friend we need, he’s also our Advocate before the Father. When you stumble (and we all stumble sooner or later), ask Jesus to help you. He’s Our Man in Heaven.
We praise you, Lord Jesus, that you are our Advocate in heaven. Help us to pray boldly because we are praying in your name, Amen.
Musical bonus: This recording of Jesus is Alive by Josh Wilson is quickly becoming one of my favorite new Christmas songs.
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