Saved through Advocacy
"In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends."
— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This passage is jam-packed with messages of how Christ is our advocate. Christ, the righteous one, suffered for our sins, for all of us who are unrighteous. Christ even spoke to imprisoned spirits who were disobedient.
The reference back to Noah and the Ark and the eight people who were saved reminds us of God’s covenant with us that we reflected on a few days ago. God promises never to destroy all life again by flood and cares for us all.
The water, that was a symbol of destruction, has been transformed into a symbol wholeness and advocacy. Baptism is not the removal of physical dirt from our bodies, but rather a “pledge of clear conscience toward God,” a pledge that has been enabled (or advocated) by Jesus through his resurrection. Jesus is now sitting on the right hand of God and advocating for us.
The imagery of Jesus sitting next to God advocating on our behalf is an awesome image. Jesus has saved us by his advocacy. So too must we be advocates. We must advocate for right treatment for ourselves and right treatment for others. When we are not treated appropriately, we must stand up for ourselves, because we are children of God and Christ is our advocate. When workers around us are not treated fairly, we must stand up with and sometimes for them, because they too are children of God.
Pray aloud: Lord, thank you for sending your son Jesus to be our advocate. Help us to claim our rightful role as a child of God who should be treated with respect and dignity. Help us advocate justice for all those who labor, particularly fast food workers in this season of Lent.
By: Kim Bobo