Thursday, January 27, 2011

He Lives to Intercede

There is great comfort to be found in this verse, "He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25). It is the type of comfort that can drive away the dark night of despair; it is the type of truth that can warm a heart grown cold.

Jesus is the Christ; he is the Son of the Living God; he is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. By his will, the world holds together. He framed our night sky with billions of stars; he knows the name of each one of them. He knows when we rise up, and he knows when we lie down. He knows every word we speak even before it passes our lips. He knows the length of our days, and he knows the frailty of our flesh. He is incomparable. He is mighty. He is God. He is all this, and he is interceding for you.

Robert Murray M'Cheyne said it like this, "If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me." We would do well to lay hold of this truth for ourselves. Peter reminds us, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7). You see that Christ cares for you? Do you feel that, when your flesh is weak, it moves our Lord Jesus to intercede? Jesus the Mighty kneels for us. He stoops for us. He prays for us. Are you surprised? The enemy of our souls would like for us to think that Jesus was done with us when he rose from the dead, as if the resurrection was the final mission accomplished. No, our Lord ascended to the right hand of His Father where he ever lives to intercede for his beloved people.

Oh, blessed thought, Jesus intercedes for me and for you! He asks of the Father on our behalf, and the Father delights to answer. You are safe today, beloved. Jesus has prayed for you. He loves you today as he did at Calvary. You are not forgotten; you are engraved on his hands; you are the love of his heart.

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