In dealing with the subject of intercession, we’ve been mainly talking about how the Lord prays through us. But keep in mind also that Jesus is the ‘great intercessor’ who is always making intercession for us to the Father. (Heb.7:25)
Rom. 8:34 NIV – Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
Heb.9:24 AMP – He has entered into Heaven itself, now to appear in the very presence of God on our behalf.
Let’s look at just a couple of ways Jesus intercedes for us. He prays for us when we are being tested. Do you remember the night He was betrayed and led away to be crucified? Putting His own needs aside, he looked at Peter. Knowing Peter’s weakness, Jesus said to him, “Satan has desired to have you so that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.” (Luke 22:31,32)
Wow! When we face the hardest tests of our lives it’s beyond encouraging to know that Jesus Himself is praying for us! That’s enough right there to give us all the courage and faith necessary to make it.
The reason behind this is also life changing. He has this authority to be our High Priest and Intercessor because He became a man and went through everything we have to deal with here. He understands as no one else could. He’s been here and lived here. He was tested in all the same ways we are and yet (as an example of how we can live) He remained without sin. (Heb.4:15)
“It is plain that for this purpose [Christ] did not become an angel; He became a man, in actual fact a descendant of Abraham. It was imperative that He should be made like His brothers in nature, if He were to become a High Priest both compassionate and faithful in the things of God, and at the same time able to make atonement for the sins of the people. For by virtue of His own suffering under temptation He is able to help those who are exposed to temptation.” (Heb.2:16-18 Phillips Translation)
Yes, the Lord Himself intercedes for us when we are tempted. Here again, Jesus prayed for His disciples, ” I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15 AMP
He also intercedes for us when we have sinned … “If any man sin, we have an Advocate [an Intercessor] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (I John 2:1) He knows how God’s judicial system works. He understands the justice of the Father. He is the Righteous Judge. ( 2 Tim.4:8) When He intercedes for us to the Father He is not saying, “Oh Father, please have mercy on them. You know how weak and foolish they are.” No. It’s a courtroom scene where the high courts of Heaven are set up. God’s legal system says that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. (Heb.9:22) Jesus, God’s son, is the One who shed His own blood for us. He stands there as an ever present reminder of that fact.
How can we lose! God has set things up in our favor over and over again. When we come up against things we cannot overcome, Christ Himself is interceding for us to the Father. And if we allow Him to, He also lives His life through us doing things that we can only do “in Him”. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. We are more than conquerors when we are in Him.
Having a bad day? Check out this passage of scripture and read it in several translations until it really hits you and becomes a part of you.
Romans 8:31-39 Amplified Bible (AMP)
31 What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]
32 He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?
33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?]
34 Who is there to condemn [us]? Will Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who died, or rather Who was raised from the dead, Who is at the right hand of God actually pleading as He intercedes for us?
35 Who shall ever separate us from Christ’s love? Shall suffering and affliction and tribulation? Or calamity and distress? Or persecution or hunger or destitution or peril or sword?
36 Even as it is written, For Thy sake we are put to death all the day long; we are regarded and counted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For a visual on this, see the photo attached to the previous blog post. Have a wonderful day!