July 2, 2019

You Have an Advocate!

“Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” Romans 8:34 (NLT)

Did you pray for yourself today?  You should have.  But, if you didn’t, the Bible says that Jesus did.  In fact, consider the intensity of His prayer for you in this verse.  It jumped off the page at me when I first read it.  Paul said that Christ is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.  Think of it. Jesus is pleading your case before the Father.  What is He pleading in our behalf?

If you read the passage in the context of Romans 6 – 8, you get a better understanding of why Jesus prays for us with such passion.  These three chapters describe the dilemma every child of God lives with in a fallen world with an accuser that constantly bombards us with condemnation.  When you feel condemned and defeated, Jesus is pleading for you to understand that God has acquitted you and has removed your sin and guilt.  Satan, not God, is the one who accuses us!  When he does, Jesus, who sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand, is our advocate to represent our case.  Because He died for us and was raised to life for us, we no longer have to live under condemnation and guilt!  He has set us free, and He is pleading for us to accept His grace and live in the liberty for which He has set us free!  Only then will we experience the abundant life He came to offer us!  In Hebrews 7:25, the Bible says,

“Therefore He (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” 

When Peter denied Christ, Jesus forgave and restored him to fellowship and service because He prayed for him knowing what would happen!  Jesus told him,

“Simon, Simon, listen!  Satan has asked permission to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed especially for you that your own faith may not utterly fail.” Luke 22:31-32 (WMS)

Just as He did for Peter, Jesus is pleading for you and me! 

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?  If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Romans 8:31 (NLT)

When Satan stands before God to accuse you, thank God that Jesus is pleading for you!  You are no longer condemned!  Live in the joy of His forgiveness and the freedom of His grace! 

Here’s a promise to meditate on today:

“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous. He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” 1 John 2:1-2 (NLT2)