Why an Advocate?

There are two important questions to be addressed here:

Why Do We Need an Advocate?
Is Jesus that Advocate?


Why Do We Need an Advocate?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Man’s Condition

Man has sinned (Romans 3:23) and transgressed God’s law (1 John 3:4). This leads to eternal death (Romans 6:23), and since man cannot save himself (John 6:44), he needs help.

Why We Can’t Save Ourselves

  • Like electrons spinning around their proton, God created men to spin around Himself. Men sinned and spun out of orbit into isolation and death. Consequently, they need some form of outside intervention to bring them back into orbit from their lost, dark, lonely, and dying place.
  • If I have a black smudge on my forehead, I will not even know that it’s there unless I have a mirror to help me to see it. So the law of God helps us to see the smudges in our lives. However, can I clean off the smudge with the mirror? No. I need a washcloth to cleanse myself of the stain—a Red One.
  • If man’s sin resulted from rejecting God’s initiated will for him, how can he save himself from sin by rejecting God’s initiated means of salvation for him through Jesus?

How God Saves Us

Our God is a consuming fire and, because of our sin, we live in combustible flesh. If God can’t approach us for fear of destroying us, how can He save us? To solve this problem, man needed a go-between, an advocate to assist with his reconnection to God. This is what God brings to us in His Son, Jesus (1 John 2:1). He is the Voyager that plunged into outer darkness to bring us back into orbit. He is the Washcloth that cleanses our stain. He is the Slow Burn of Grace that acclimates us to the consuming fire until we can tolerate it.

He is our High Priest that has gone before us into the heavens (Hebrews 4:14).

Is Jesus That Advocate?

To determine whether Jesus is our advocate, we first need to establish that He is God. I won’t say too much on this subject, only a few things that have markedly impressed me of the credibility of Jesus’ claim to be God.

Three Convincing Testimonies to the Deity of Jesus

1   Any reader of the gospels can see that Jesus consistently claimed to be God. The logic of Lord, Liar, or Lunatic came to me from C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. His point was that there are only three options when considering the deity of Jesus. Either he is good, bad, or mad. The rub comes, of course, in the fact that close scrutiny of the life of Christ leaves us with only one place to go. Even His critics admit that He was a good man and great teacher. We would have to concur. Like Lee Strobel says, “He was brilliant, had amazing insights into human nature, and enjoyed deep and abiding relationships…In addition, Jesus backed up his claim to being God through miraculous feats of healing, astounding demonstrations of power over nature, unrivaled teaching, divine understanding of people, and with his own resurrection, which was the final authentication of his identity.” If He isn’t a liar or a lunatic, then He has to be Lord.

2   Archaeology has never disproved a biblical reference. It affirms the reliability of the New Testament 100%, in stark contrast with how it has proved devastating to the claims of the Book of Mormon. Archaeology has established that the gospel author, Luke, was painstakingly accurate in the minor details of his book. If this is the case, on what logical basis can we say that he was naïve and inaccurate in his reporting of far more important matters, like the resurrection of Jesus? Many prestigious archaeologists acknowledge this. The prominent archaeologist, Clifford Wilson, wrote: “Those who know the facts now recognize that the New Testament must be accepted as a remarkably accurate source book.”

3   I’ve saved what is for me the most dynamic proof of the Lordship of Jesus till last. The overwhelming evidence provided by prophecy has always blown me away, especially the astounding Messianic prophecy in Daniel 8 and 9. Lee Strobel describes the upshot well in his book, The Case for Christ:

“Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah, or the Anointed One, who would redeem God’s people. In effect, dozens of these Old Testament prophecies created a fingerprint that only the true Messiah could fit. This gave Israel a way to rule out imposters and validate the credentials of the authentic Messiah. Against astronomical odds—one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion—Jesus, and only Jesus throughout history, matched this prophetic fingerprint. This confirms Jesus’ identity to an incredible degree of accuracy.”

The Witness of Saint Paul and Saint John

Saint Paul is clear that Jesus is our High Priest: “We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man… But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:1,2,6).

We can’t miss the fact that Jesus has entered into the true sanctuary in heaven to be our advocate and High Priest. Paul is also clear that there is but one mediator: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

And in Revelation Saint John actually sees Jesus ministering as our High Priest (Revelation 1:12-13, Revelation 8:3-4, Revelation 11:19). There Jesus stands among all the furniture of the sanctuary, pleading His blood sufficient to our salvation.

Feasts Type AntitypeThe Hebrew Annual Feasts Point to Jesus’ Heavenly Ministry

Each annual feast of the Hebrews represented an important event in the ministry of Christ. The first four feasts pointed to the ministry of the first coming of Christ:

1  The Passover represented the crucifixion.

2  The Feast of Unleavened Bread imaged the body of Christ, especially His body in the grave.

3  The Feast of Firstfruits depicted Christ’s resurrection.

4  The Feast of Weeks represented Pentecost.

The last three feasts pointed to the second coming of Christ:

5  The Feast of Trumpets pointed to the Second Advent Movement and the announcement of judgment. Trumpets symbolize judgment (Revelation 14:6-7, Joel 2:1).

6  The Feast of Atonement represented the pre-advent judgment.

7  The Feast of Tabernacles depicted homecoming at the Second Advent of Christ.

The fifth and sixth feast witness to the ministry of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary. As you can see, the Bible vividly portrays Jesus as our advocate, the one who would ultimately minister for us in the heavenly sanctuary. Jesus our sacrifice is also Jesus our advocate.