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    Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

    Romans 8:33-34

    Something that I need to remind myself every so often is that I am being talked about.  The good news is that I am being talked about in the opposite way of high school gossip circles.  We are told that Jesus Himself is interceding for us, on our behalf, in the very presence of God.  Jesus is talking about us, even now.  Think about that.

    God, we are told by Paul, is the one who justifies and declares us righteous.  Who could ever condemn us?  For it is Jesus who took our place and offered his life on our behalf.  God himself took our place!*  God himself declares us innocent, like in a court of law.  But wait, it gets better!  We are told that he also intercedes on our behalf.

    Why would we ever want to ask any other person (and rely on them alone) for help when we know Jesus is on our side?  The saints might indeed pray for an individual in the presence of God, but I would rather have Jesus on my side.  Jesus intercedes for us in the throne room.

    Dear reader (and writer, for that matter), do you not know that the Lord cares for you?  Do you not know that Jesus not only died on your behalf and was raised, but he also then prayed for you?  He appeals and pleads on our behalf, even now.  How incredible is that?

    This is why we can live without fear, for the Light of the World shines grace upon us.  The Light of the World intercedes for his people, the community of the graciously redeemed.


    *For a post on Jesus being fully God and fully man, see Jesus, God and Man.  Jesus was fully God and fully man in one person.