Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Did you also know that He’s our advocate, intercessor, and mediator? Here are some definitions of each term and Scriptures that mention these leadership titles.
Advocate: supporter, promoter, sponsor
See Job 16:19, below.
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1 NKJV, emphasis added)
Intercessor: a person who prays on behalf of somebody or something; one who speaks for another (especially somebody who is to be punished for something); one who speaks in support of another, especially in support of a person involved in a dispute
Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. (Job 16:19-21 NIV1984, emphasis added)
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:12 NIV1984, emphasis added)
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. (Isaiah 59:16, 17 NKJV, emphasis added)
Mediator: arbitrator; umpire, referee, intermediary
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus . . . (1 Tim. 2:5 NKJV)
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. (Heb. 8:6 NKJV)
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Heb. 9:15 NKJV)
. . . to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (Heb. 12:24 NKJV)
Since our Redeemer is supporting and promoting us; and since Jesus is speaking on our behalf and arbitrating for us in the court of Heaven, may this knowledge strengthen our faith and give us boldness to proclaim His goodness and mercy. Live your life boldly and joyously for Jesus!