12/23/17

Hallelujah! Our Savior Prays for Those He Came to Save.


When mothers, fathers and relatives see a newborn, they often dream of what their child may become someday.
"Will my daughter be a great artist... or a scientist?" 
"Will my son be a teacher... or a baseball player?"

I wonder if Mary and Joseph thought ahead to the days when Jesus would be a man. 

We do know Mary "pondered" and treasured many things in her heart.

We get a glimpse into her ponderings:
  • She pondered the angel Gabriel's words about her pregnancy (Luke 1:26-38). She said, "How can this be....?"
  • She pondered the Shepherds' testimony about her newborn son (Luke 2:8-21). 
  • Some years later, she would treasure her Son's own words as they left the Temple together (Luke 2:51).
Feeling so greatly blessed, she understood something of the greatness her Son would someday manifest from his humble birth (Luke 1:46-49).

But I wonder whether she fully understood, until perhaps after Jesus went to the cross, that her son would also be her Intercessor.

In His great High Priestly prayer, Jesus prayed for those who followed Him while He was on earth, as well as those who would believe through their testimony (John 17:20-23).

The writer of Hebrews said of our Lord, "...he always lives to make intercession" for those who draw near to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25). Though His work was "finished" on the cross (John 19:30b), His loving care for His own continues throughout eternity. 

We were not only saved by His death, but by His life (Romans 5:10); and now our exalted Lord is interceding for us before God's throne (Romans 8:34) as our great Advocate—always pleading our case—when the accuser, our enemy, comes against us before the Father (1 John 2:1). He is our all-wise and worthy Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5).

This great work on our behalf should cause us to bow before the Lord in unending gratitude and give us courage to ask great things (Matthew 21:22; 1 John 5:14; John 14:13; 16:24; Hebrews 4:16).

As the great Scottish preacher, Robert Murray McCheyne, 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."

Did Mary and Joseph fathom the extent of Jesus' great work on our behalf? Did they understand He would be their Mediator and Intercessor?

Regardless, we know... because the Bible tells us so.

Hallelujah! 
Our Savior prays for those He came to save!
And because of Him,
we can come boldly to God's throne of grace.

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