Intercession

four days…

Oh my… it’s soooo close…
the last Monday before Christmas…
only four more days to prepare…

I wonder at all the preparation…
what’s done… what’s left to do…

I wonder how to stay focused on what really matters…
so taking time here… to center… on Him…
my prayer… that it helps you too…

God’s Word came down… like dew
a Babe… a humble beginning… birthed in a barn…
a promised King… shooting up from a stump of a nation…
a Light… descending into great darkness…
bringing revelation of the Father’s love
and revelation of how to live

Today I hear Him say…
He came to intercede…

The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.
Isaiah 59:15-16 ESV
He saw the injustice of the world…
the darkness… perverting truth…
there was no one to intercede on behalf of mankind…
so He brought about justice with His own arm…
sent His Son… as Savior…
From the moment Eve ate the forbidden fruit…
we became His enemy…
we chose a different lord…
a different side…
From that moment…
we needed an intercessor…
a mediator…
Jesus took our place on the cross…
interceding between us and the Father…
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do.”
Luke 22:34 ESV

Jesus… Son of God… Son of Man…
fulfilled the Law… on the cross…
bringing about justice…
receiving God’s wrath…
making the Way for mankind…
to be wholly righteous…
through faith… in His work on the cross

Now this may sound like Jesus is all for us…
the Father against us…
but remember… it was the Father who longed for justice…
righteousness… and brought it about Himself…
through His Son…

It was the Father’s will…
for Jesus to be crucified…
in place of His beloved… rebellious… creatures…

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood,
how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
For if, when we were God’s enemies,
we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son,
how much more having been reconciled, shall we be
saved through his life! Not only is this so,
but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Romans 4:8-11
He continues to this day… as our intercessor…
Consequently, 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 ESV
He always lives… to make intercession for them… those who believe…
He interceded with the Father…
to make the way for our freedom…
to save us from condemnation…
to deem us righteous…
Who is to condemn?
Christ Jesus is the one who died —more than that, who was raised—
who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
Romans 8:34
Jesus… thank You for making intercession for me…
for being my Mediator…
Help me to live in the reality of righteousness…
holiness… free from condemnation…

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