Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Picture the Glorious Scene

Romans 8: 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 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. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

I have read these verses, or have heard them read, so many times I can't begin to count, but often this is the way the Holy Spirit works. Hearing them over and over it finally sinks in when we need to really hear it most.

This is way too rich a passage to cover in a blog post and some people tell me that if the post is longer than one screen it is too long. I think this one will be too long:)

I want to just really focus on v34 and even in that verse the latter half. "Jesus- Who is at the right hand of God, Who indeed is interceding for us". Picture- as small as our minds are and as big as God is- this scene. This is really happening right now and all the time. God on His throne- bright as the brightest light- magnificent beyond our imagination- beautiful beyond our comprehension. There Jesus sits, Hebrews 1- because His work is finished He is able to sit down- the radiance of His Father. Can we even vaguely imagine the glorious scene? Let's try.

In your mind do you have the picture? What is Jesus doing there? He is making intercession for you and for me. He is our Advocate- He is "going to bat' for us to the Father and saying things like, "You can't hold that against him, I have already paid for that sin" or "She needs this and You promised to provide this for her". I am taking liberty, maybe that I should not, but Jesus is pleading with The Father in some fashion on our behalf. That is amazing. We have a perfect Advocate in Jesus, to The Father and our Advocate loves us more than we even love ourselves. He was willing, and did, lay down His life for us that we might live.

If He was willing to lay down His life for us and since The Father was willing to send Him to earth to die, then why do we think, even for a minute, that He would not provide for us everything that we need? If He has provided our greatest need then why would He not provide for some very small need? The answer is obvious. We wouldn't give our kids a car but tell them before they drive it they have to go and get a key made so it will start. We who are evil can give good gifts how much greater The Father.

There is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ- NOTHING. Remember that as you go about your days. Christ and The Father have you completely covered-completely. There is not that little thing over there that is not covered- it is all completely covered. How encouraging is that? That should put some power in the tank. That should lift the burdens and give strength for us to run and not get weary. That should help us run with endurance the race set before us. That should be the pre-game pep talk that convinces us that we are more than conquerors- we can't lose. The game is going to be rough, but we already know that we win in the end because Christ gives us the victory that over comes everything, including the grave.

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