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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Advocate

The third volume in my "Getting to know you ..." series is almost ready for publication. Regretfully, it will now be into the new year before it is available - too late for a Christmas gift! It is a devotional commentary on the letters of the "beloved disciple", John. Early in his first letter, the apostle makes an amazing statement: "My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (2:1).

I am reminded of an incident concerning President Abraham Lincoln of the United States of America or, to be more precise, his son. Apparently, in those far-off days, it was pssible for anyone to come and seek a meeting with the President. One day, a soldier entered the large room, outside his office, and sat down among the many who were waiting to see Mr Lincoln. Shortly afterwards, the President's young son, Tad, came in and was immediately attracted by the soldier in his uniform. Approaching the veteran, he noticed that he had lost an arm in the war. 

The friendly soldier talked with the lad for some time, with no idea as to his identity. He eventually told Tad that he hoped he was not waiting in vain, as he needed to see the President about a very important matter. "That's no problem." the boy exclaimed. "He's my father. I can get you in!" He then ran off and gained admittance to the inner office using a private entrance.

Eventually, a secretary came into the room and notified those who were waiting that the Chief Executive had only a few minutes left, and that he could not consult with anyone else that day. Everyone left the room - except the soldier. The aide assured him that it was useless to wait. The man replied, "The President's son was here, and he has assured me that I could see his father." "You mean little Tad?" asked the aide. "Yes", came the reply. "Well then, you will indeed get in, for he loves that boy, and always yields to his wishes!"

As a disciple of "... Jesus Christ the righteous.", I have Him as my heavenly Advocate. He is the Father's "... beloved Son ..." with  Whom He is "... well pleased." (Matt.3:17; inter al). With Him constantly pleading my cause, I may be assured that each request will be heard - and answered in accordance with the Father's will and purposes. Has He not said that: "... whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you." (John 16:23)? The greatest, most influential Advocate will see that my prayers "get in". 

Is He your Advocate? He can be. If you wish to know more, please feel free to contact me using the e-mail address at the head of the blog.

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