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  Looking Unto Jesus Day 4

 

Looking unto Jesus glorified to find  in Him our heavenly advocate, who, because of His perfect sacrifice for sin, can and does intercede for us (I John 2:1). He is even now appearing for us before the face of God (Heb 9:24) as the kingly Priest and the spotless victim to continually represent us before the Heavenly Father.

The Lord Jesus is my lawyer.  His defense is not an appeal to a loophole in the law.  He does not argue my virtues or the comparative good that I have done.  He does not say, “He is not that bad.  He has done more good than harm.”  No.  He knows my sin as a brutal fact.  The extent of my sin’s just punishment is piercingly clear to Him.  It was driven home into His hands and feet and cut into His side.  Now with these wounds He testifies on my behalf.  Wesley understood, “Five bleeding wounds He bears, received on Calvary; they pour effectual prayers, they strongly plead for me:  “Forgive him, O forgive,” They cry, “Nor let that ransomed sinner die.””  I love the next line of that song.  It says “The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One; He cannot turn away the presence of His Son.”  How wonderful to know that He ever liveth to make intercession for us. (Hebrews 7:25) 

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”   I John 2:1

“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;”  Hebrews 9:24

Can We Pray?  “Father I am always in need of an advocate.  I never come to You alone.  I always come to You through Jesus, my Lord.  He is, every day, my way to You.  Keep me, more and more, from the sin of presumption.  And thank You that in my presumption there is still Your Son speaking on my behalf.  In Jesus name, Amen” 

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