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The Reformation Herald Online Edition

Christ in His Sanctuary

Someone to Plead for Us
Barbara Montrose
Someone to Plead for Us

On a bright, sunny day, Johnny was enjoying some free time outdoors after school.

From the living room window, Mother called out: “Johnny, please don’t play with that hard ball quite so close to the house.”

“Okay,” Johnny promised as he walked away toward the quiet dirt road, ready to play “fetch” with his dog.

Suddenly, Johnny’s neighborhood friend, Bud, came strolling down the road.

“Hey, John—what do you have there?” Bud asked.

“It’s a baseball. Try it!” Johnny was pleased with his new ball and grinned as he tossed it over to Bud.

“This is great!” called Bud, as he threw it back to Johnny with a bit more force.

All of a sudden, CRASH!

There it was . . . the broken glass from the window, shattered into the house. . . .

At that point, Johnny would have liked to have someone plead for him. Why? He knew he deserved to be punished.

Intercession. What a big word! What does it mean? It means to ask or plead for the benefit of someone else.

Johnny would have liked to have an intercessor to help him escape his punishment. If you were he, wouldn’t you want the same?

Have you ever done something wrong and were afraid of getting into trouble about it? Wouldn’t you like someone to help you avoid the punishment that is supposed to come for that wrong action?

The Bible says that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

If we admit that we have done wrong, Jesus Christ is willing to forgive us. He is able to give us a fresh, new start. And right now He is pleading in heaven for all who desire His intercession.

Jesus doesn’t just save part of the way. Actually, “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” (Hebrews 7:25).

What a wonderful Saviour! He’s willing to do this full-time for us.

Why not ask for His help right now?