Jesus’ Intercession; July 3, 2022

Hebrews 7:24-25 Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.

Hebrews presents the legal basis for our salvation from the standpoint of the Mosaic Law. That might mean very little to Gentiles, but it is important in the grand scheme of things. The various covenants between God and man, from Adam on, respectively precede and supersede each other, coming to a grand culmination in Christ. As He Himself said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) That’s why it’s important to have Hebrews in the Bible. This particular statement is enormously comforting if you allow it to permeate your being. It says that salvation in Christ is complete, with nothing left to be done. We are forever trying to add to our salvation in some way, when that is an impossibility. What we should be doing is living in grateful obedience for the salvation that has already been accomplished and granted. That is possible because Jesus is eternal. He existed before Creation and He cannot “not exist.” And what is He doing with His eternity? He is interceding to God for all who seek to draw near to God through Christ. It is futile to try to draw near to God apart from Christ, though many try. People don’t like it that there is no room for pride in God’s plan of salvation! It requires repentance and faith, but nothing else. (Mark 1:15, Ephesians 2:8-9) In our weakness we slip and fall many times, in more ways than we generally realize, but as it says here, Jesus is always there to say, “Put that on my bill.” That is marvelous news indeed!

Of course this applies as much to me as it does to anyone. The Lord has had to point my sins out to me many times, and not just that one earth-shaking experience in 1972, but repentance has been possible and forgiveness has been real. I have the privilege of sharing the good news of God’s salvation with others, and I must let nothing interfere with that. I preach again this morning, and the subject is God’s grace. I am to proclaim it with great joy, allowing God to speak His heart through me by His Spirit, so that those present and those hearing electronically alike may be transformed by His Word to them, for His glory alone.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Lord Jesus, thank You indeed for interceding for me, and for all God’s children. Holy Spirit, use me freely, flow through me to break the lies that have bound so many, so that there may be a great harvest in the Family of God. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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