Doesn’t sound good, does it? It wasn’t. After Adam and Eve fell in the garden, all was lost. They had no communion with God. Sin had created a gap between God and man that could not be bridged by all of humanity. We are all deserving of condemnation, and are under the sentence of it, as we inherited it from Adam. Thank God for the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. We who have been redeemed by the blood that flowed from Calvary are the elect of God in Christ Jesus. We are loved with an everlasting love and are a chosen people washed in the blood of His salvation. We have been born again and are in Christ, where there is no condemnation. We are the redeemed, and believe in Him. We are justified from all sin by His grace, and are secure from sin’s condemnation. We are all indeed deserving of His judgment, and we are under the sentence of sin, but, the gap was bridged by Jesus, secured with His blood, and we are restored by His sacrifice.
Romans 8:34 Who then will condemn us? No one–for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, interceding for us.
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us. This is done personally by Christ, as He presents His sacrifice before the Father on our behalf in Heaven’s court. Standing in the gap between God and man, our Lord offers up the prayers and praises of us—His people. He declares in Heaven that all blessings should be bestowed upon us, and that the benefits of His death be applied for the remission of our sins. The remission of sins by Christ’s sacrifice is the design of God the Father that we might be restored into fellowship with our Creator. The intercession of Christ is ever-present and ongoing – it always continues. It is ever prevalent, and has eternal considerable influence, securing our soul from eternal condemnation.
But to get us there, Jesus had it rough.
God came to earth in the flesh to give His life a ransom for all. The Bible tells us that Jesus was captured by Roman soldiers in the garden. Jesus was severely thrashed and whipped, beaten and made fun of by the Roman soldiers before they put him to death. A crown of sharp thorns pierced his head. They hammered nails through his hands and His feet, secured Him to the cross and left him there to die. They stuck a spear through his body. They took away his clothes and bet to see who would keep them. He was crucified with common criminals. The crowds and religious leaders said many bad things about Jesus as he hung on the cross. It was a terrible thing that happened at Golgotha, but there was a reason. Why? Because God believed and trusted in you, that you might believe.
God knew we would have it rough. So He, being our God came to earth in human form as Jesus Christ our Lord to be punished, and to die as a sacrifice for our sins. Having knowledge of this, we are not to be as the blind of this world; we are not to be like some people who think Jesus doesn’t matter and the thing with the cross is foolishness.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Our Lord took away our sins that day, and gave us the power of God to abide with us in our hearts. He took on the sins of the entire world, so that the sins of anyone that ever has or ever will believe on him by faith will be forgiven. A supernatural darkness covered the earth for three hours at midday just before Jesus gave up his spirit. The powers of darkness must have thought they had won. But as dawn came on the first day of the week, the tomb was empty and Jesus had risen from the grave. And the world has never been the same.
Sometimes because of our problems we do not trust God. We seem to lose our faith. Sometimes it seems that He is not working on our behalf, but He is. There are times when it really seems all is lost, and believe you me, I have been through those many times and my faith has wavered. As I have matured in the Lord, I have really learned to trust Him and not lose faith as I have seen Him working behind the scenes in ways that at the time I thought was to my bad, instead of my good. But it the end things worked out better, my faith was increased and He was glorified.
But as bad as it has been, I have never been fed to lions. I have never been thrown in a well and left for dead. I have never been sold in to slavery or been chased by armed soldiers wishing to put me to death as I stood unarmed. Yet when life comes down upon you and all seems lost, you just have to trust Him. He will perform for you, just like He did for Joseph, Moses, Daniel, and just like He did for you on Calvary. You can trust Him because He died for you; that ought to let you know His intentions for you.
You think you are losing faith, you’re not. It’s OK to question, put Him to the test. Let God be true in your life. He wants to deliver you. Let Him perform His will, His way. Many times I was peeved me off at Him during times of hardship, and I thought He wasn’t hearing my cries for help. But when all was said and done, I finally saw what He saw and realized what He knew all along was good for me. I couldn’t see it at the time, but He could.
So just trust. Life is more than a short journey. He sees the long haul for us. Sometimes all we can see is today – just trust. When it is really, really bad is the time you need to really, really trust Him. Trust, because you can’t fix it yourself, or you wouldn’t be in a place where it is so bad for you in the first place. That’s what I have figured out in my life. Things will work out for your good I promise you. Let Him make the memories and write the chapters in your book of life! Look to Jesus to finish it for you.
Hebrews 4:14 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace – Wow!—The Throne of Grace! What a wonderful, glorious, beautiful expression. A throne of grace is designed to represent a sovereign king seated to dispense mercy and pardon to His people. We are that people. God is seated on a throne of mercy and grace. Jesus is our High Priest having presented the ultimate sacrifice shedding his own blood for our atonement. He presents that sacrifice before God pleading for the pardon of His people, presenting us to a God who is willing to show us mercy as a result of Calvary. He comes with the merits of a sacrifice sufficient for every one of us, and pleads for our salvation. Understanding this, the power of His resurrection and the authority secured by His grace, we may, therefore, come with boldness and look for, and receive pardon. We stand before God represented not of our own merits, but we stand before God where a sufficient sacrifice has been offered for human sin; and in that divine place we are assured that God is merciful. We may, therefore, come without hesitancy, or trembling, and ask for all the mercy that we need. It is freely supplied by the sacrifice of Christ Jesus our Lord.
At His throne, we will obtain mercy – This is what we all desperately need. We need pardon, forgiveness – as the first thing when we come to God. We are all guilty and condemned. We should cry out to God for mercy in the name of Jesus.
In Christ we will find grace, favor, forgiveness, strength, help, courage, direction, support, and love for the trials of life. This is what we all need. Even when we are pardoned, we need His grace to hold us, keep us, and protect us from sin. His grace will preserve us in the day of temptation. In Christ we may come and ask of God all that we are in need of and be assured that we will be heard. This is the assurance given us; and to this bold approach to the throne of grace all are freely invited to come and sit at the feet of Jesus. Let us rejoice in this – the Power of His Grace.
- Grace Makes Me What I Am – 1 Corinthians 15:10- Inspirational Scriptures (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- He Came to Save Sinners- of Whom I am the Worst (rmgarvin.wordpress.com)
- , High PriestsThe Highest of the Highest – Hebrews 4:14-16 (part 1 of 2) (lion2lamb.wordpress.com)
- God’s Love Sent a Prophet (sabbathsermons.com)
- God Loves You! It’s As Simple As That (mylordisjesus.wordpress.com)
- Morning Prayer ~ July 1, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)