Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Getting to Know Jesus as Our Intercessor, Part 2

Onward Christian Soldiers #43

The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.

Our key Bible passage today is Hebrews 4:14-16: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

In our last lesson, we looked at three reasons why Jesus is the perfect intercessor for us. Those reasons are:

1. Jesus is God’s beloved Son.
2. Jesus understands us perfectly.
3. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.

Today, we are going to answer the question, “What Does Jesus Do as Our Intercessor?”

1. As our intercessor, Jesus prays for us when we are tempted. He prays especially that we will not yield to sin when we are tempted by Satan. In John 17:15, He prayed to the Father, “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil [or from the evil one, Satan].”

As long as we are in this world, we will be tempted. But the Lord Jesus is praying for us, and the Father has promised that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our power to resist. He will always make a way of escape for us. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “But God is faithful, Who will not suffer [allow] you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Does this mean that we cannot sin? No, it means that we can sin, but we do not have to sin. If we sin, it is because we choose to sin. Because Jesus is praying for us, we can say “No!” to temptation.

2. As our intercessor, Jesus prays for us when we have sinned. When we received Christ as our Saviour, we were born into the family of God. We have a new relationship with God. He is our Heavenly Father, and we are His child. Can anything break this relationship? No, our relationship to God as His child can never be broken. But there is another matter which is very important for us as God’s children, and that is our fellowship with our Heavenly Father.

When we have “fellowship” with others it means that we enjoy being with them. We love them, and we know that they love us. We like to talk with them and to share our joys and our troubles with them.

God loves us and He wants us to have fellowship with Him. He wants us to enjoy being with Him. He wants us to tell Him about our joys and our troubles. When we are obedient to Him, we enjoy this wonderful fellowship with Him.

Although our relationship with God cannot be broken, our fellowship with God can be. This fellowship is broken when we sin. However, our fellowship can be restored through Jesus Christ because He intercedes for us when we sin. The Bible says in 1 John 2:1, “If any man sin, we have an Advocate [an Intercessor] with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

The Lord Jesus pleads for us when we have sinned. He asks the Father to forgive us for His sake. It is because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us that God forgives us of our sins. The Bible says, “your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.”

God not only forgives us, but He cleanses us with the precious blood of Christ that we may again have fellowship with Him. Our fellowship is restored the moment we confess our sins to the Father. The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Does this mean that we can decide to sin every day and then confess it to God and think that everything will be all right? Of course not. If we are thinking this way, we should examine ourselves to see if we are really in God’s family. A true child of God will want to please his Heavenly Father, and he will hate having a broken fellowship with him.

3. As our intercessor, Jesus presents our prayers to the Father. We have seen how the Lord Jesus prays for us when we are tempted and how He restores our fellowship with the Father when we have sinned. But another wonderful thing that the Lord Jesus Christ does for us is He presents our prayers to the Father.

Many people think that anyone can pray to God and that God will hear and answer their prayers. However, the Bible teaches that only those who pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ can be certain that their prayers are heard and will be answered by God. Jesus said in John 16:23, “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.”

When we pray, the Lord Jesus Christ acts as our Intercessor, and He presents our prayers to the Father. He asks the Father to grant our requests for His sake. It is because of who Jesus is and what He has done for us that God hears and answers our prayers. Do you have a great need? Are you troubled about some problem in your life or in the lives of your loved ones? Then pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. The Lord Jesus is God’s beloved Son, and He will present your prayers to the Father.

The Bible says, Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession…Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!