Editor's note: "Unmasking Advent: The Arrival of a Savior in Our Lives" is a sampling of biblical meditations composed by members of the Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor community. It is our prayer that you will take time during the Advent season to read and reflect upon God's Word and await the coming of Jesus with newfound anticipation and zeal through the Holy Spirit.

December 18 – The perfect advocate

Isaiah 34:1-2, 8-35:10, Micah 1:1-7:20, and Revelation 6:1-17

The courtroom swarmed with attendees dressed in business attire, everyday clothing, and even orange suits with chains around their ankles. I felt completely out of place; and yet, I am sure most everyone around me did as well. This was my first time appearing before a judge.

A mistake brought me into the courtroom that day. There was a form to prove to the state I had car insurance, but I had missed it in the mail. As a result my license was suspended, and my car was impounded. My insurance company assured me the mistake would be waived. Yet the judge did not want to hear my excuses. He asked only for me to declare my plea and set a new day to hear the evidence.

A lawyer I knew by acquaintance agreed to accompany me to the next court date. It was easier to face the sentence with someone at my side. On arrival, he headed straight to the judge’s chamber and emerged a few minutes later with my pardon. My penalty was waived because an advocate spoke on my behalf.

Israel also found itself on trial with the prophets, Isaiah and Micah, called as witnesses to their guilt. These prophets spoke of Israel’s idolatry, greed, and blatant disregard for God’s law. Israel was to be taken captive as penalty for their disobedience, but there was also hope. An advocate would come dressed as a small babe from Bethlehem.

When held accountable to God’s perfect law, we are all guilty. There is no defense we can give and no finger pointing that will make any difference. Romans 3:23 states, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Our only hope will be that one will speak on our behalf. Christ, our Savior, will approach the judgement seat, present his scars, and win our release. Thanks be to God we have the perfect advocate.

DARCY PAAPE is a member of the Campus Ministry Team and the Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute. She has served at Concordia University since 2010.

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