The word translated as advocate while related to the word for the Spirit in the Johanine writings in this form and usage comes out of the law court. It suggests a defender in the heavenly tribunal. In the very first year of my ministry I called upon a prominent judge who was facing the end of his life. Unsubstantiated rumors about his integrity had circulated in the community for years. "Tell me," he asked, "is Jesus Christ a good defense attorney?" It will prove profitable and suggestive to read the biography of Clarence Darrow, the noted defense attorney who defended unpopular people.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.