Our Intercessor

What a comfort it is to know that Christ intercedes for us in heaven. Why is that important? Because the devil will come and whisper in our ear, “Why don’t you go ahead and sin? No one will ever know. I won’t tell if you won’t.” So we take the bait and do the wrong thing.

Then the devil comes right back to us and says, “You miserable hypocrite! Do you think you are worthy to approach God? Do you think God will hear your prayers?” He comes with the temptation, and when we take the bait, he comes with the accusations.

Think of it as a courtroom with Jesus as our defense attorney and the devil as the prosecutor. The Bible says the devil accuses us before God, day and night (see Revelation 12:10). He basically says to God, “You know, this person is a hypocrite. She is not a good Christian. You should not hear her prayers.”

So Jesus essentially says, “Yeah, I know she is messed up, but I love her and am interceding for her.” That is our Intercessor, interceding before God on our behalf.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ assures me that He is interceding in heaven for me. Romans 8:34 says, “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

And Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

It is not hard to be a Christian; it is impossible–without God’s help. And because Jesus died and rose again, He intercedes for us before the Father.

Summary sentence: The accuser seeks to condemn; the risen Jesus seeks to intercede on your behalf.

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Pain In Perspective

The apostle Paul knew a lot about suffering. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:8-9, “We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.”

What a candid admission from the apostle: We didn’t think we would live through this. We thought we were going to die. So here is what we did. We stopped relying on ourselves and instead started relying on God.

Paul also said that we should take the comfort that we have received from the Lord and share it with others: “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:4-5).

I think we would have a different perspective on our pain if we could see what real pain is. There might be someone reading this who is really suffering. But I think a lot of times our suffering isn’t as bad as we think it is. We need perspective.

I have gone to the hospital countless times to visit people who were dying, and they did a better job of ministering to me than I did ministering to them. They would share what the Lord is showing them through the Scripture, how He is making His comfort known to them, and how He is strengthening them. And I walked out with a new perspective because those people helped me.

Summary sentence: When we see what true suffering is like, we gain a different perspective.

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