A man was on trial for a crime and couldn’t afford an attorney, so a public defender was provided for him. As the proceedings began the Judge saw he was nervous and worried.
The Judge explained to him that in his court he would receive a fair trial. Everything would be conducted according to the law. And that he had a reputation for being a good judge. The judge asked if the accused had any questions.
The defendant replied, “Your honor, I don’t need a good Judge. I need a good lawyer!”
Spiritually speaking, I feel like that man on trial. I need a good lawyer! And the Bible affirms that we have the best Defense Attorney!
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (I John 2:1-2).
Greek word parakleetos, literally means “summoned, called to one’s side, especially called to one’s aid.” It is “one who pleads another’s case before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense”
Jesus used this word when he promised the Holy Spirit to the Apostles to be their Helper, Counselor or Advocate. (John 14:16, 25). The Holy Spirit would aid them in their apostolic ministry. He would come to their defense. He would be a Holy Helper in their proclamation of the Word.
Today, we have an Advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous.
WHY DO WE NEED AN ADVOCATE?
(1) We all are guilty of sin! In fact, the Bible says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” ( I John 1:8)
God wants us to come out of moral and spiritual darkness, walk in the light, and not sin. Yet we do sin! To deny it, is to lie! We need an Advocate.
(2) We have an adversary, Satan, who is the great accuser. In Revelation, John, writes, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (12:10-11)
Satan is our enemy. He assaulted Adam and Eve. He accused Job. He assailed Jesus. And he attacked Paul. And he accuses us. We need an Advocate!
(3) We can’t defend ourselves. There is a saying among lawyers, “that a man who serves as his own attorney, has a fool for a client.” How foolish for us to make our own defense! Job raised this question. “ But how can a man be righteous before God? If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand. (9:2-3)
But we have the consummate Counselor. The Perfect Defender. The absolute Advocate!
WHY IS JESUS THE PERFECT ADVOCATE?
(1) Because of His perfect love for us. If you are charged with a crime and can’t afford an attorney, the state will provide one for you from the Public defenders office. How much are they invested in you? Care about you personally? Really know you? Or love you?
Jesus is a different kind of Advocate. He loves us. He came to earth to die for us (John 3:16). And on the darkest Friday in human history the innocent Advocate was crucified on the cross for our sins. Jesus provided the atonement for our sins and has washed us clean in His own blood (Eph 5:25-26; Rev. 1:5-6)
(2) Because He appeals with a perfect plea. He is Jesus Christ the Righteous! He can plead our case because of his credentials. He knows what it means to be God; and he knows what it means to be man.
He “became sin for us” (2 Cor 5:20-21). He fulfilled the law by his obedience (Rom. 5:18-19) He satisfied the law by His death (Gal. 3:13-14). And he redeemed us from “the curse of the law” (Gal. 3:13-14)
(3) Because He appeals with perfect Justice. His defense of sinners is not a plea for moral compromise. Our Advocate is not excusing sin. Or rationalizing wrong doing. Or condoning shameful conduct. He says, “I have paid the price for sin! (Rom. 3:23-26)
Friday’s vicarious death on the cross, and Sunday’s triumphant resurrection from the grave, makes Jesus our Advocate. He calms our fears. Pleads our case. He offers us eternal assurance.
What wonderful news! What a great promise! What a perfect Defender!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman