Advocate, Intercessor, Mediator

It comforts Christians to know that Jesus is ready to make intercession for us when we sin. First John 1:9 reads, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ For the Christian, Jesus is the ‘Voice’ for the good of mankind. He serves in three roles to Christians: He is 1) an advocate; 2) an intercessor; and 3) a mediator.

Imagine a general practitioner-maybe your family doctor. He has educated himself in the general practice of medicine. However, he is not in a position to perform major surgical procedures or to diagnose some major illnesses without a specialist’s guidance. For example, if you have a severe heart problem, he would refer you to a cardiologist. He would speak on your behalf to the specialist, pleading the symptoms of your problems, and serve as an impartial ‘go between’ to see that your heart-care is fully provided. Therefore, he would act as an advocate of your problem, an intercessor for your symptoms, and a mediator for your care.

Jesus serves in exactly the same ways.

First, He is our advocate. He advocates to our Father our sinful condition and chooses to help us commit our change before God. First John 2:1 reads, ‘And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.’

Second, He is our intercessor. He intercedes on our behalf, to plead our cause to God whom we have offended. Our symptoms are laid on the table before God, and mercy is pleaded on the condition of repentance. Romans 8:34 says, ‘It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.’ Hebrews 7:25 reads: ‘Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.’

Third, Jesus is our mediator. He is actually our only mediator. He is the ‘go between’ that attempts to bring reconciliation to the relationship between and God and men. First Timothy 2:5 says, ‘For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.’

If you will let Him, He will be your advocate, intercessor, and mediator. He wants you to come out of your sins and be with Him forever.

-Jason Hart

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