Romans 8:34-35 (ESV)
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?
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (ESV)
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
My mom has always been a strong spiritual influence in my life. She was the one who read Bible stories to me as a child and led me through a prayer at 7-years-old to ask Jesus to be the Lord of my life.
Her life and her walk with God didn’t come without their struggles, though. One day we were talking about some difficult seasons and she made a comment I’d never considered before. In the darkest moments when she felt like no one was there, she knew that Jesus was praying for her, so she wasn’t alone.
Wow! I never thought of it that way before!
In several verses in the New Testament, the Bible refers to Jesus as our High Priest. In Old Testament times, the High Priest had many duties including the role of a mediator between God and the people, interceding on behalf of the nation.*
Here is the definition of “interceding” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
“to intervene between parties with a view to reconciling differences : MEDIATE”
Now we have Jesus filling that role, bridging the gap between a perfect God and imperfect humanity. He is praying, interceding, and advocating on our behalf.
"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?"
In moments of sorrow, failure, loneliness, temptation, you are not alone. Jesus is interceding for you!
Thank you, Jesus, that You are on our side!
Refection: How does the knowledge that Jesus is your advocate help you in dark seasons?
You Are On Our Side
By Bethany Dillon
The orphan clings to Your hand Singing the song of how he was found The widow rejoices For her oppressors are silenced now