Who Intercedes? (Part 5)
Sometime Minister of Whitebbey Presbyterian Church, N. Ireland
William Rogers M.A., L.L.D.
‘But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.’
When does Christ Intercede? Christ is doing as much work for us in Heaven, as ever He did for us on earth. Here suffering, but there, presenting His sufferings.
Scripture lays great stress on this, that Christ never for a moment ceases to plead on our behalf.
‘This man because He continueth ever hath an unchangeable priesthood.’ ‘He ever liveth to make intercession for them.’ How strong that language is! The one thing for which He lives, is, to pray!
He remains in Heaven as our Surety, on this condition, that He prays for us till He has us there.
I am afraid there are many who have asked us to pray for them, and we did for a time. But we grew weary and negligent and soon forgot to pray for them. (We don’t need to ask Him to pray.) But Christ hath not thus dealt with us. The moment has never been since first we trusted Him that we could say ‘Lord Jesus, Thou art not praying for me.’
Samuel ceased to pray for Saul. Moses’ hands got heavy in prayer and hung down, but not so the hands of our Great High Priest. Believer, what a help to faith thou wilt find every moment if thou wilt but take time to look up – take time to say, ‘Lord Jesus, at this very moment Thou art pleading for me; asking for my full enjoyment of all those gifts purchased by Thy blood.’
Hudson Taylor says he was brought to Christ by meditating on the words, ‘the finished work of Christ’, and he says, he found afterwards that at that very time his mother was praying for him. Every blessing that visits thy soul, thou mayst trace up to this: at that very time Jesus was praying for thee.