He Lives to Make Intercession
Hebrews 7:25 (ESV) -- Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
What is Jesus doing right now in Heaven? Have you ever stopped to think about this question? Jesus died on the cross, rose from the dead in bodily resurrection, and ascended to Heaven in the flesh. He is physically alive right now in Heaven. The Scriptures say He is seated at the right hand of God. Now, this doesn’t mean that all Jesus does is sit all day. It is an expression of authority and honor. The expression captures His status as the name above every name, in Heaven and on earth. So what is he doing?
Our passage today points us to some of what He is doing. The Hebrew writer says, “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Those who draw near to God through Him, through Jesus, are saved to the uttermost. That means we are saved completely and thoroughly. And how are we confident that we are drawing near to God through Him? Because Jesus always lives to make intercession for us.
Christ presents us acceptable before God. Through Jesus, we are holy and blameless. Our access is 100% because of Him. Apart from Him there is no access. But notice what the writer says, “he always lives to make intercession.” Jesus occupies His time in Heaven by seeing for the needs and cares of His people. This is meant to encourage us and fill us with hope. We are not alone. Our troubles are not ours to manage and take care of. We have a Great High Priest who makes intercession for us and petitions the Father on our behalf.
This is why we sing the praises of Jesus. This is why we extol the name of Jesus. Hymn writers declare lines like “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” and “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus sweetest name I know.” Why do they speak this way? Because when we grasp the realization of what Jesus is doing for us at all times in Heaven, we recognize we have no greater advocate in Heaven or on earth. He saves to the uttermost, wretched, undeserving people like us. How can we do anything but praise His holy name?
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is it significant that Jesus saves to the uttermost?
- How does the thought of Jesus interceding for you encourage you?
- In light of this passage, what should our prayer lives look like each day?
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