My specially challenged brother has a lawyer, an advocate, who is going to court with workman’s comp over a work accident he had last year. That lawyer knows all about the law and its applications and implications. He knows the requirements and the obligations of workman’s comp. He also knows all about my brother’s situation, both the challenges he was born with and those added because of his injury. He knows that my brother definitely falls into the category of people covered by worksman’s comp insurance. If we the family had to plead on his behalf, we would not have much of an idea of what to ask for, other than to pay medical bills incurred. But the lawyer knows that future medical needs and rehabilitation needs will arise because he has a lot of experience in work accident issues. And if my brother had to plea for himself, well, he is totally clueless as to any of the matters above. Without an advocate, he would be totally unable to cope with the court situation.
How much more do we need an Advocate when we face the holy Almighty Judge of the universe!
1 John 2:1 My little children. I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
Whenever we sin, and we will, it is inevitable, Jesus Christ stands beside us as our advocate before God the Judge . He Himself has paid the penalty of my sin and appeases the wrath of God towards me.