When we go to a court of law in our land, we have to have a lawyer intercede for us, sometimes people act as their own lawyer, but usually we hire one. He tries his best to get us off the hook, so to speak. If we are guilty he has to work really hard and sometimes we have to pay for our crime, whatever that might be.
When it comes to our Christian experience, Christ has already paid for our crime (sin) when He died for us on the cross. So in the judgment day, to put it in plain language, Christ is our lawyer, (intercessor) He presents our case to the Father and holds out His pierced hands as proof that He has paid for our crime or sins. God accepts His sacrifice for our sins and we are counted as if we had never sinned.
Christ is our Mediator and Intercessor, He earned this position by His death for us on the cross. We are told in John 14:13 that, "Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son." We must come to the Father in prayer in the name of Jesus that the Father may be glorified through the Son. Right there we see that Jesus is interceding for us. We must go to the Father through Jesus His Son.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. Now all things are of God who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ as though God were pleading through us we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."
To be reconciled to God and having our sins covered by the righteousness of Christ is the most wonderful news I have ever, ever heard. Get the full meaning of this. What ever sin you have ever committed, Christ took that sin to the cross and died for it so you wouldn't have to. Then when He went back to heaven after His resurrection, He became our intercessor before His Father for you and for me. Do you get it? The sins of the whole world were laid on Him, that is why it was such terrible torture to Him who knew no sin. This separated Him from His Father of which He thought was forever and that broke His heart and He did it all for you and for me.
It has to take a very hard heart to not see this and accept it. If your heart has been hardened so that this does not affect you, please, I pray that you will seek God in prayer and let Jesus intercede for you until your heart is softened and becomes tender until you see the magnitude of this horrible, yet wonderful thing Christ has done for you and me. He is interceding for you and for me right now before the Father. Will you let him reconcile you to the Father. I will and I pray that you will too, just now as you are reading this little study.
If you need more texts on this subject, you can read Hebrews 10:5-22 and 2:14-17 and there are more but perhaps this is enough for this time. I do pray for each of you who are reading my blog that you will let these studies sink deep into your heart and be blessed each day. Grandma Joan