Our Lord – the IntercessorBro. David Chancellor
1/13/2008 6:00 PM
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
The story that Paul had to share was an old, old story. Paul spoke to them about the one thing that mattered to him. There’s a lot you can say about Jesus. He’s our intercessor. He’s praying for us. He takes an interest in us and did before we ever had an interest in him.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
These were Jesus’ words to Peter when Peter thought everything was just fine. Christ is there for us and he cares for us. He is at the right hand of God to pray for and make intercession for each one.
1 Timothy 1:14-16
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Jesus came to be our Savior. He came to save sinners. God cares about the lost. He is as ready to save them as he was to save you. Jesus came to deliver from sin and the destruction it causes.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved.
God doesn’t want people to perish. He provided a way of salvation. He came to save, not condemn. He sends his Spirit to convict of sin and to lead to salvation. The goal is not condemnation, but it is deliverance from sin.
This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Jesus came to be Lord. He becomes Lord of our lives through the Holy Spirit. He rules over some things; he has all power.
For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
Christ is Lord of all, even of those who reject him. He allows us the choice we were created to have the ability to make, but we also have to face the consequences of our choices. He has a real interest in you. If he comes into your life he’ll rule there, but it will be a good life. One day he’ll be our judge. He wants the best for us. He’s our friend, our helper. There are many aspects to Jesus and they all have an impact on our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:10-16
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences. For we commend not ourselves again unto you, but give you occasion to glory on our behalf, that ye may have somewhat to answer them which glory in appearance, and not in heart. For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God; or whether we be sober, it is for your cause. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Jesus will one day be our judge. We’ll have to answer to him for whatever we’ve done, whether we turned to him in life or not. We want people to know about Jesus so that they can make a good choice. Jesus is more to us than just a man. Some people only view Jesus as a man, but don’t know him in his goodness and greatness. He is God come down to man. He’s outside the ordinary boundaries of humanity. We need to know him as the Son of God. Live to show forth the goodness of God.