Day 73: Judge, Savior, Intercessor

Romans 8:31-34

What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who didn’t spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things? Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

While I was reading this passage, I remembered the story about the woman caught in adultery:

John 8:3-11

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the midst, they told him, “Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.
Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?” They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of.

But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them,
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her.” Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last.
Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle. Jesus, standing up, saw her and said,
“Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?”

She said, “No one, Lord.”

Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more.”

We have a great deal of security in our relationship with God as Christians. First of all, God gave His Son over to death to get us back into a relationship with Him. This tells us that there is complete security with The Father because He will stop at nothing to have us.

Second, the only one who can judge us is the only one who hasn’t sinned and that is Jesus. As we can read here, His intent is to save us not condemn us. When Jesus was alive and talking to the woman caught in adultery, He had yet to pay for the woman’s sin on the cross. He knew that He would be doing it, however. He had both the power to stone the woman and the power to forgive her because He was to pay the price. But we already know that Jesus has paid the price. We know for a fact that Jesus doesn’t condemn us but instead has saved us and this story about the woman shows us He doesn’t intend to condemn us at all.

Finally, we read that Jesus is our intercessor. Not only does He not condemn us, and He saved us, He is actively praying for our success. How can we be any more secure?