“. . . .Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life –

is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” Romans 8:34 NIV

      While growing up on the family farm in Louisiana I was a well behave lad part of the time. But, there were time when I was not. However, few memories of childhood are more vivid in later years than those melancholy moments when, having offended my Father by some childish misdemeanor, I was “afraid to go home.”  What would Father do? What would Father say? Would there be any escaping the dreaded punishment? If only someone at home, perhaps my Mother or my Brother, would take my part, and “put in a good word for me,” and incline my Father to forgive me. If only I had a friend . . . .

     No doubt most of us had such encounters and regrets, dreading going home to our Father . . . but wait! We do have such a friend – a Brother in the Father’s house! At this very moment He really is “taking our part,” really is “putting in a good word for us.”  Yes, He really is pleading with the Father to forgive us.

"My little children . . . . we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ,

the Righteous One.” I John 2:1 NIV 

Of this great friend of sinners, we are told in Hebrews: 

". . . He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him,

because He always lives to intercede for them.” Heb. 7:25 NIV 

     The finite mind cannot understand the infinite, therefore does not grasp this scriptural truth. Thankfully, we have God’s clear word for it. While dying on Calvary’s Cross for all of mankind’s sins, the Bethlehem Lamb exclaimed: 

“Father forgive them!” 

     Looking down through the eons of time the Lamb of God is still pleading - - “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM!”  Oh, what comfort, what a blessing beyond description to know that we have such a Friend in the Father’s house above! Of Him we can sing with joy and confidence: 

“What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and grief to bear!

What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!


     Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don


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