The Reading: Hebrews 7:23-26
“… he always lives to make intercession for them” (v. 25) RSV
At first Jesus sat in heaven having completed his work on earth, but he now ever stands in order to minister. His ministry on earth is over, but his ministry in heaven has just begun and it is primarily prayer. He prays for us.
Do you remember how he prayed for Peter that “his faith would not fail” (Luke 22:32)? Peter still went on to deny Jesus three times, but his faith did not fail, for he was able to repent and be restored. When Jesus intercedes for us it does not mean that we cannot fail or that everything will go smoothly. Prayer does not fully bring heaven on earth, but it does strengthen us to stand our ground and fight the good fight.
The intercessions of the risen Christ are not only praying for us to continue to the end, but are always presenting his wounds. That may sound odd, but the nail marks and the stripes that he received are tokens of his life poured out. His sacrificial love has bought for us forgiveness and new life. His presence in heaven before the Father is a continual reminder of the ever loving heart of God. Because of Jesus there is always a way back to God from the dark paths of sin.
An example of the intercessions and prayers of Jesus is seen in his ‘High Priestly’ prayer in John 17. There you will see that he prays for himself, for his apostles and for all who believe through their witness (i.e. you and me). We are not alone. He has not left us nor forsaken us. He is with us and he prays for us.
Thank you Lord for your loving concern and involvement in my life. May I also pray for others as you pray for me. Amen.
1 Look at another verse to show Christ in heaven.
2 What help do we have to pray?