JESUS CHRIST OUR INTERCESSOR

“We have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”         1 John 2:1 NIV

 

Jesus being our Advocate is another way of stating the heavenly ministry of Christ’s intercession for us. Hebrews 7:25 says, “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” John Calvin (Calvin’s Commentaries [Baker], on 1 John 2:1, p. 171) writes, “The intercession of Christ is a continual application of his death for our salvation.” Because Jesus Christ is perpetually in heaven presenting His shed blood, every person that draws near to God through Christ can know that the accuser has no grounds for conviction. We are guilty as charged, but the penalty has already been paid by our Substitute who pleads our case for us! We must take note that John does not say that our Advocate pleads our case before the Judge, but rather, with the Father. God is not a hostile Judge who has to be won over begrudgingly. Rather, He is the loving Father who sent His own Son to pay the penalty that we deserved! The Father did not compromise His own righteousness or justice in any way, because His sinless Son fully met the demands of His holy law. Thus, as Paul puts it in Romans 3:26, “He did it to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” In other words, God’s grace does not mean that He sets aside His own righteous demand that the penalty of sin be paid. Rather, His righteous demand was fully satisfied by the death of His Son. If we trust in Him, our sins are paid in full!

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, thank You that through our trust in You, our sins are paid in full.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your grace does not mean that You set aside Your own righteous demand that the penalty of sin be paid. Rather, Your righteous demand was fully satisfied by the death of Your Son, and as we trust in Him, our sins are paid in full! AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Psalm 95:1-7

 

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