I am no expert on this subject. However, I have read that in our foster-care system today, many young children are left to navigate a maze of court hearings and new schools with little or no help. Through the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, volunteers take some of this burden on themselves, committing to advocating for the best interests of a vulnerable child (“About Us,” Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Those with money and social standing can navigate the court system with relative ease, but foster children face incredibly difficult challenges that no child should ever have to face.
This is the kind of advocate Jesus is. He doesn’t only hear the pleas of one class of people, of the wealthy and so-called “important.” Instead, Jesus came here to this wretched world to be the Mediator of all those who choose to go to Him in obedience. One example of Jesus’ great compassion for His children is in Mark chapter 5. Here we see a woman who was hemorrhaging for twelve years. She had been to many physicians and endured through their supposed care, spending all she had, never to receive any help. Her condition got worse as time passed by. She heard of Jesus and her faith caused her to reach out and touch his cloak. In his busy schedule, as He journeyed through the land, Jesus took the time to acknowledge her and attend to her needs. She was trembling in fear, but Jesus tenderly says to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you” (Mark 5:33-34).
We may never be healed of a physical disability or sickness. However, it is comforting to know we have such an advocate in Jesus who heals the sin-sick souls of those who walk in faith.