January 28, 2016 by Jon Law
23 Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
The young, Scottish pastor Robert Murray McCheyne was reported to have said “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.”
Right now, Jesus is ‘in the presence of God on our behalf.’ The High Priest during the Old Covenant would enter the presence of God once a year to atone for his own sins and the unintentional sins of all Israel. Jesus is in the Most Holy Place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What is He doing there? He is ‘at the right hand of God… interceding for us’ (Romans 8:34).
Jesus is not in Heaven condemning you to the Father. He is not in Heaven asking the Father to punish you for your sins. He is not in Heaven waiting for you to stumble so that He has an excuse to ask the Father to rain lightning bolts onto you. If you are a child of God, Jesus is sympathetic towards your weakness (Hebrews 4:15) and He ‘lives to make intercession’ for you (Hebrews 7:25).
Today, Jesus is praying for you! He is asking the Father to pour our His Spirit into your life so that you may have the strength to honour God in all that you face today. Isn’t that amazing!
What do you hope for Jesus to be asking the Father on your behalf today?
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