Well, this is the longest I’ve gone without writing since I started this blog. I’m not sure why I’ve been out for so long. I’ve been busy, but I’ve always been busy. I guess maybe it’s that the one case I’m working on is starting to ramp up for trial after being on the verge of settling. It’s kind of funny how parties can agree on so much and be so close to resolving their differences for themselves, and then they’ll get hung up on one little thing—a minor amount of money, or a little detail—and neither party wants to give anymore. So they end up going all the way to trial. Not that I mind. I’m kind of excited to take this one to trial because I really think we’re right, and it looks like the judge is leaning our way. And I love advocating a position. And it may sound like I’m rambling (okay, I am rambling), but it does relate to what was on my mind.
Jesus Christ has many titles and names. Each is a lesson on an aspect of His mission. But ultimately, we will stand to be judged, and each one of us will have been guilty of sin. At that day, Jesus Christ will be our Advocate with the Father. This is His prayer for us in D&C 45:
3 Listen to him who is the aadvocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—
The touching thing about this scripture is not just that Christ is pleading for us at this terrible judgment day, when absent His mercy and grace, we would quiver and tremble before the Father’s all-piercing eye. It is HOW he pleads with the Father.
When I advocate for a client, my line of reasoning is to explain why my client is in the right. Not so with Christ. He does not say, “Father, behold this thy child. He paid a full tithe, gave $X to the poor, had nearly perfect attendance at Church, and did his home teaching.” He says, “Behold the suffering and death of Him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased. Behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of Him whom thou gavest that thyself may be glorified. Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name.”
What advocacy! What insurmountable logic! “Father, behold here thy wayward child. He has wandered on the path of life, transgressed thy law, and faltered many times. He has committed many sins that appear most abominable to thee and has accumulated a tremendous debt to thee, such as he shall never in all eternity be able to repay. But spare Him Father, and have mercy on Him. For I have paid his debt. I have remitted with my own blood—the blood of they very Begotten Son in the Flesh—the price of his ransom. And he has believed on me. Therefore, Father, spare him and suffer him to enter into thy rest.”
I am grateful for my Savior, my Advocate, whose righteousness is so excellent that He is able to stand and plead even for me, with all of my sins and weaknesses.