DayBreaks for 12/14/15: Christ’s Longest Ministry
Rom. 8:34 (NLT) – Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve been accused of something that you didn’t do? How did it feel? How does it feel when someone comes to your defense in that situation? There’s a huge difference between having to face accusations alone and facing them with someone who pleads your case.
There is, of course, a difference between declaring your own innocence and being declared innocent by the Judge or by the law. And there is, therefore, a huge difference between the hypothetical situation I described above where you’re incorrectly accused and the situation we face before God. Let’s be very clear here – we may not have committed murder or swindled folks out of millions of dollars, but when it comes to sin, we are not innocent – but the passage from Romans 8 encourages us by telling us that Jesus has been placed at the highest place of honor (placed there by God!) – and that he’s pleading with the Judge on our behalf. He’s not so much pleading our innocence – because we aren’t innocent – rather He’s pleading for God’s mercy on us because of our acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice by faith.
We tend to think of the 30+ years that Christ spent here on earth as being the most significant portion of his existence – his life and his ministry. But as John Ortberg suggests in The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Christ’s earthly ministry really only lasted about 3 years and then was over, but his intercessory ministry has now lasted for nearly 2000 years.
Walter Wink made the statement that the future belongs to the intercessors – those who pray the future into being. Certainly, Christ is bringing a glorious future into existence for you and I before the very throne of God! May His name be praised!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord Jesus, we are so thankful to you for your pleading for us before the Father’s throne. Thank you for your interest in our eternal destiny, thank you for your assurances that we will not be condemned when we stand before the Father. Teach us to be intercessors for those we meet and have the privilege to pray for each day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2015 by Galen C. Dalrymple.