Friday, September 6, 2013

Interceding for Us

I have recently began a new online devotion called "She Reads Truth".  I've linked it up with my YouVersion account and so far I am loving it.  Right now we are studying Daniel, but the verse that has hit me the hardest is from Romans 8:31-39.  Here is the section I am talking about:

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The part that really got me was in verse 34.  "...Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us."  What an amazing thought!  Jesus Christ-who was raised from the dead is at the right hand of the Father interceding, praying, FOR YOU AND I!!!  Amazing!!  It gave me chills and still does today.  
Intercede has two definitions:
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition: to intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
to attempt to reconcile differences between two people or groups; mediate.
Jesus is also mediating for us, reconciling the differences between us and God (which there are a lot).   When I get into God's word and find a verse like this, it drives my desire to know him better and to read more.  How about you, what have you been reading in God's word lately?

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