Advocate. noun. One who pleads the cause of another, specifically before a judge.
One of my favorite scriptures in the Doctrine and Covenants is found in the forty-fifth section, which came as an answer to a prayer regarding the false stories being published that hindered the faith of investigators of the Church. It describes how the Day of Judgment will go for those who believe in Christ.
“Listen to Him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him-
“Saying: Father, behold the sufferings 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 might be glorified;
“Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.” D&C 45:3-5
Jesus Christ being our advocate with the Father is particularly meaningful, because it gives a little more depth to the Atonement. The promise is that if we believe in Christ and in His Atonement, then we will be saved. He wants us to be saved!
Earlier this week, a friend of mine asked people in the ward what Jesus Christ meant to them. I replied that He is not only my healer, but also my biggest fan. He wants all of us to succeed, to make the choice to succeed, and that can only happen with His help.
Another scripture that stood out to me in my study of Jesus Christ as our advocate with the Father is found in Moroni, chapter 7. In this part, Moroni is writing the words of his father, Mormon, regarding the work of miracles. He says:
“For He hath answered the ends of the law, and He claimeth all those who have faith in Him; and they who have faith in Him will cleave unto every good thing; wherefore He advocateth the cause of the children of men; and He dwelleth eternally in the heavens.
“And because He hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.” Moroni 7:28-29
It is a cycle, a cycle of faith. We had faith in Him in the beginning that He would perform the Atonement for us. Then, He did so. Thus, miracles can happen which increase our faith in Christ and His Atonement, which makes it all real for us again. The cycle will continue and continue until that day when we will stand before God and Christ, and we will have a perfect knowledge of the things which we had been taught.
How grateful I am to know that Jesus Christ came down to suffer for us, to know what life was like for us, so that He could stand before the Father and say, “They did the best that they could. Please, let my blood and my sacrifice make up for the rest.” This is one of the most amazing parts of the Gospel of Christ.