Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Jesus Our Advocate

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1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

Tanya was asked why she always loved to direct her prayers to God through the saints of old.
"Why do you pray to the saints?" her friend asked.
She replied: "because they are human and they are with God. They understand what it means to be human and they can help intercede for me more effectively".
Her friend responded by telling her that Jesus is also human and He intercedes for us.
Tanya had a hard time believing that Jesus is still human. She had to be shown in scripture. After this, she understood why she didn't need to pray to any other human.

 In today's Bible verse, Jesus is referred to as 'the man Christ Jesus'. Even after His resurrection and glorification, He still chose to remain a man for our sakes.

Tanya's reasoning (and that of many like her who pray to the saints) makes a lot of sense. It is true that a human who had gone to be with God is more effective in interceding for us, and we need that.
God understands this. That was one of the reasons Christ came as a man like us. After His death, burial and resurrection, he remains a man. Today, we can pray in His name and pray to Him, knowing that He is not untouched with the feelings of our infirmities. He knows what it is like to be human and weak. He understands. He knows how to strengthen us.

Many condemn themselves because they believe God has condemned them already. They do not realize that God wants to accept them more than they want to come to Him.
You see, it is impossible to have the kind of bold faith that moves mountains if our consciences are heavy(see Proverbs 28:1). Only the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to cleanse us from a defiled conscience. This happens by accepting and appropriating the sacrifice of Christ. He suffered and died for us so that we may be forgiven and free.
Christ is on our side. He lives to daily make intersessions for us(Hebrews 7:25), and because of this, we are overcomers: we live above the power of sin and the devil; we live lives regulated and empowered by God's grace.

Go into today thanking the Lord for becoming a man and remaining a man for the purpose of saving and perfecting you.

Prayer: ask the Lord to help you love Him more and more. Ask for grace to stand for Him today.
Confession: I'm fruitful in every good work. I'm growing in the knowledge of the Lord and pleasing Him in all things. Amen.

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