Sometimes when I write I find myself arriving at a conclusion that was not my planned destination … this is one such time.
“Be blessed today and rejoice … Jesus is praying for you.”
That was the entry that welcomed me on my latest page-a-day perpetual calendar, Prayers and Blessings Daybrightener Large Print as I turned the page on Wednesday December 4th.
That encouraging entry was followed by this one on December 5 …
“Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also INTERCEDES for us.” Romans 8:34 (NASB)
And for those of us who are slow learners, I was met by this entry on December 6 …
“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.” Hebrews 7:25 (NASB)
Decided that with all this talk about intercession, it might be helpful to know how the word intercede is defined: act between parties with a view to reconciling differences.
As I read that definition I realized the divine intercession of Jesus began long before His current prayers …
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been RECONCILED, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the RECONCILIATION. Romans 5:8-11 (NASB)
So Jesus’ work of reconciliation aka intercession began on the cross …
No, that’s not right.
Jesus’ work of intercession began with His birth in Bethlehem … consider that this Christmas.
Oh wait a minute … that’s not right either.
Would you believe before the foundation of the world?
For He (Jesus) was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NASB)
You know, it would seem that followers of Jesus would also be ministers of reconciliation and intercession … OK … I’m busted … that’s not an original thought.
Therefore if anyone is IN Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who RECONCILED us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of RECONCILIATION, namely, that God was IN Christ RECONCILING the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of RECONCILIATION. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be RECONCILED to God. 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (NASB)
Consider … the same Father God who gave His only begotten Son for our reconciliation … He also gave His followers the ministry of reconciliation and committed to them the word of reconciliation …
While you’re considering that, consider who the last person you begged on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to God.
I know what you’re thinking … me neither.