Jesus IS praying for us!
“Therefore, I will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life to death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.”
This is the last verse in Isaiah 53, and the last one before we look more closely at Jesus’ prayer for us, recorded in John 17. So far in Isaiah 53, we’ve learned that:
~God revealed the suffering of His Son over 750 years before Christ was born
~Jesus grew up before the Father, to become our mediator and intercessor
~He was despised and rejected
~He was made like us and experienced suffering beyond understanding
~Jesus took God’s wrath on Himself, giving us Grace and Peace in it’s place
~He was a picture of divine submission and humility
~He was misunderstood, perceived as a criminal
~No deceit was found in Jesus
~It was the Father’s will to cause Him to suffer as a sacrifice for our sins
~Jesus completely satisfied the Father and the requirements for our Salvation.
~Now, Jesus receives a reward, “a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoil with the strong.” The Father has said to Jesus,'”Well done!'” In Psalms 2:7, 8 NIV:
“I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: he said to Me, ‘You are my Son, today I have become your Father. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth Your possession.'”
~The Father has blessed the Son, saying, “Ask,” intercede, pray, and I will make the nations as Your inheritance. Jesus has obeyed, completely, and wholly everything that the Father wills.
~”He was numbered with the transgressors.” He appeals for us, because He has become sin who knew no sin, so we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor.5:21). We are drawn to the One who made this exchange on our behalf, and can trust Him with everything, because He lives to pray and mediate for us!
“But because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:24,25
“For there is one God and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” I Timothy 2:5,6 NIV
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the Mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 9:14,15 NIV
Jesus poured out His life, bore our sins, became our ransom, and now intercedes for us according to the will of God. As He prays, He anticipates and rejoices in the day when He may divide the “spoils” of joy, peace, and eternal life with all those who believe in Him. Thank you Lord!
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