By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com
“So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” Hebrews 7:25,26
Perfect holiness, unapproachable Majesty. This is the Holy One of Heaven. Throughout history, men have cowered before the thrones of earthly kings. Being called before an absolute ruler was not usually a good thing. The commoner’s life was held at the whim of one man, seated on a throne of consolidated power. And, as history teaches us, few of these rulers were of noble character. Being brought before such a man was terrifying, considering the power he had over the lives of his subjects. So, men would quite naturally give the king their utmost respect.
In considering this, think of what it will be like to stand before the throne of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the one called ‘The King of kings and the Lord of lords’. Think of what it will be like for the person who has shaken his fist in defiance at God and has despised everything that the Holy One considers true and beautiful. That moment before that Throne will be a moment of abject terror such as one has never experienced before, when the realization dawns upon that person that they have spent their life, (given to them by God), defying Him.
But, the Word of God tells us that: “God is Love.” (1 John 4:8). The Lord, who is unapproachably holy, the One who is completely undefiled by sin, has made a way for you and me to approach Him. Indeed He has made a way for us to dwell with Him; even, amazingly, to be His children!
It is because He is Love that He has done this thing. His glory is absolute just as His love is absolute. In fact, His glory is His perfect love.
This is where intercession comes in. To intercede. This is the definition: “To plead on another’s behalf; To act as a mediator in a dispute; To intervene between two parties with a view to reconciling the differences.”
Allow me to simplify and expand the definition from God’s viewpoint. It means to stand in the gap and take the punishment that was meant for someone else; it means to take their place and allow the wrath against sin that was meant for the other person to be poured out on another in order to satisfy a Holy God.
This is the other, Son of God. This is Jesus. This is what He freely chose to do out of His love for you and for me. God’s perfect righteousness must be satisfied. Rather than satisfy it by judging, condemning and punishing us, He chose to place all of these things upon His Son Jesus. The Word of God says that: “He became sin who knew no sin, that, we might become the righteousness of God in Him!” (2 Corinthians 5:21) This means simply, that Jesus took the guilt, shame and punishment for our sin upon Himself, that all who believe in Him may not perish but have everlasting life! It is only by faith that we can receive this gift. Even our faith is a gift of God. All we have to do is ask!
And, please, always remember . . . He ever lives to make intercession for us! That means today, at this very moment, if you have fallen into sin, Jesus is standing in the gap for you, showing His Heavenly Father that the price has been paid; that you are His purchased posession; that He will complete what He has begun in your life!
His blessed love upon you, Ron
Ron Bouchard. http://www.theburningheart.com