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Jesus intercedes for you

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Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. Fortunately, Jesus is interceding for you - both intervening on your behalf, and talking to God on your behalf. This video starts with three helpful illustrations:

  • To Do Lists (on how to live your days)
  • Fish Traps (on how to get out of trouble)
  • Rabbits and Lynx (on when to seize opportunities and when to abandon them).

Monday Isaiah 53:11b-12 (NRSV)
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

If you have a chance, read the context of this prophecy in Isaiah 53.

What catches your attention?

Tuesday Psalm 139:2-4 (NRSV)
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.
You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue, O LORD, you know it completely.

How do you react when you hear that God knows all about you (in advance! – even before a word is on your tongue, God knows it!)
Is it unbelievable to you? Something you ignore?
Something that comforts you? Something that frightens you? How do you react?

Wednesday Hebrews 7:23-25 (NRSV)
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but [Jesus] holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews says Jesus “always lives to make intercession for” “all who approach God through him.” What does this mean for you? For your neighbors? For the world?

Thursday Luke 22:31-32 (NRSV)
"Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

When you are at an important, strategic point, the level of temptation in your life may go way up.
You need to be ready, not just for the easy times, but for times of adversity.

This is important, because in God’s kingdom your failures rarely take away the call on your life. God invests in people for the long hall, win or lose. Saul remained king throughout his lifetime, even though it was apparent from the start that he wasn’t going to work out well. Sarah did not lose her place in God’s destiny when she came up with the scheme of giving her hand-maid to Abraham. The Bible is filled with examples like these.

The world may take away your credentials or position or possibilities, but God probably won’t take away your call. When you fall, once you have turned back, strengthen the people around you and get back to work. Your credibility will be shot for some people. That’s just the way it is. You still can help many people in spite of your own brokenness.

How prepared are you for a time of difficult testing?

Friday Luke 22:33-34 (NRSV)
And [Peter] said to [Jesus], "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death!" Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you have denied three times that you know me."

Peter has a clear idea of how he will perform under pressure. And he’s completely wrong. Jesus knows you better than you know yourself. Fortunately, Jesus is on your side, interceding for you.

When have you failed Jesus?
What happened?
Have you forgiven yourself?

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?
What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?
What do you need help with?