Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)
For believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, there is no mystery about what He has done on our behalf in the past: He lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death, and rose supernaturally from the dead. Nor is there any question about what He has promised to do in the future: He will return to earth to fully and finally consummate His Kingdom. But there seems to be a mist that surrounds what Jesus is doing right now for all those who have trusted in Him alone for salvation.
The pen of the apostle Paul dispels that mist, making the current ministry of our Lord Jesus clear: He is making intercession for us moment by moment. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father. He is seated in the position of ultimate power, authority, and dominion in the universe, but He has not forgotten us, not even for a moment! Jesus is continually offering prayers to the Father on our behalf:
- The Shepherd is praying for His sheep.
- The Bridegroom is praying for His bride.
- The Head is praying for His body.
- The Chief Cornerstone is praying for His living stones.
- The Elder Brother is praying for His siblings.
- The Great High Priest is praying for His congregation.
- The General is praying for His army.
- The King is praying for His subjects.
When we look back into the Old Testament, we could say that Jesus is currently praying for us as the Greater Moses upon the mountain and as the True Aaron behind the Temple veil. In other words, we are always on the mind and in the heart of our Lord Jesus. Now, whether Jesus is actually verbally interceding for us with His Father, as many scholars believe, or simply allowing His scars speak on our behalf, as many other scholars believe, I do not know. But what I do know is this: Not a moment goes by in any day when we are not covered by the prayers of the One who lives to intercede on our behalf (Hebrews 7:25), thus making good on His promise to complete the good work He began in us.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!