Read Hebrews 7:25
25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. (NLT)
This verse may evoke images of Jesus down on his knees pleading with God to not hurl thunderbolts at people like you and me. It may cause us to wonder if each and every time we sin Jesus has to step in and stop God from pouring out his wrath on us.
Thankfully, this is not the meaning. Jesus doesn’t have to plead our case before God after every sin we commit. That phrase ‘once and forever’ is a hint that what he did on the cross for us works at all times and for all time. We don’t have to get forgiven again each time we sin. Jesus’ intercession is not as mechanical as that. How odd and disturbing it would be to be constantly in and out of relationship with God.
So how is it best to understand all this? Jesus is at the right hand of God, risen from the dead. He is thus a constant reminder to God that sins are forgiven, that those who claim his mercy are not condemned. Jesus’ very existence as the risen Saviour is his intercession. His work done once for all on the cross is his intercession.
At the risk of crude speculation, we might imagine the Trinity in heaven looking at the multiple wrongdoings of the followers of Jesus. We might imagine them agreeing among themselves how sad that all is but withholding final condemnation because it is understood they are covered by God’s mercy expressed in the now living Jesus. We can perhaps imagine God the Father telling God the Spirit to let those wayward disciples know that there is a better way to live but in any case Jesus the Son is a living reminder that they still belong to him.
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