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April 21, 2015, 8:00 AM

Jesus is my Intercessor

We sometimes sing “I’ve Just Heard from Heaven”.  The lyrics tell a testimony that “Once I wondered out in sin, far from God Away, but the Savior took me in, gave me peace that day, All my heart to him I’ve given, no more sin allowed, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now.”   The chorus shares a personal experience;  “I’ve just heard from heaven and this one thing I know, my sins are all forgiven, he washed me white as snow, the load that once I carried, he took away some how, I’ve just heard from heaven and its all right now”.  With the song having shared the testimony of having been Sanctified, the next couple verses deal with the realities of life that will eventually bring to try our faith. “Trials come to you, burdens hard to bear, but our heartache grief and pain, he will gladly bear”.  There is a line had has been burning in my mind:  “He’s my intercessor there, so at his feet I bow, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now”.

While there is joy in going this Sanctified way and it gets sweeter every day, trials and disappointments will come; we are all travelers to eternity.  When I face those trials, do I realize the intercessor I have with God, the creator of the ends of the earth? 

We have an advocate with the Father (I John 2:1), that was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4:15)”.  So he understands the trials of life, in “all points”.

First John goes on to say “he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world”.  So it’s not a big leap of reasoning to say this advocate is all powerful.

He is also very merciful and remembers that we are but dust:  James 5:11 says “the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy”.  Even on the cross, while he who did no sin was dying to pay the price for our sins, he heard the humble request of the thief “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom”.  The thief had nothing to give Jesus (we don’t either), his death was certainly at most a few hours away, and he could certainly not preach, teach or do good deeds nailed to a cross.  It was entirely mercy when Jesus told him “to day shalt thou be with me in paradise”.  Remember Jesus saying “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do”?

With an advocate that loves us that much, with that much mercy, and that much power, can’t I trust him not only to Sanctify, but to guide and guard through the trials of life?  No matter the situation, if I’ve submitted to will of his Spirit within my heart, I’ve just heard from heaven and it’s all right now.

Bro. David Cosby


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