"It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. 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 8:33b-34 NIV)
When you go to the same grocery store every week, you
usually will begin to know the cashiers well. They will learn how you
like your groceries put in the bag, and they will do it for you. Now in
most places, we have to pay for the bags. So if we say we don't want
bags, they cashiers don't bother loading up the groceries for us. The
groceries just stay sitting on the cashier's conveyor belt.
seems like all good things change. Not so with Jesus Christ, our Lord
and Saviour: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and
forever." (Heb. 13:8 NIV)
As a result of our unchanging God,
Salvation and eternal life are secure for the believer because of the
following seven works of Jesus Christ:
1. Christ came to this
Earth: "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the
government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
(Isaiah 9:6 NIV) (See also
died for our sin. His life was delivered as payment for our
transgressions: "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was
crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on
him, and by his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5 NIV); "And
by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body
of Jesus Christ once for all." (Hebrews 10:10 NIV)
was raised from death to life: "But when they looked up, they saw
that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they
entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting
on the right side, and they were alarmed. 'Don't be alarmed,' he said.
'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has
risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell
his disciples and Peter, "He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There
you will see him, just as he told you."'" (Mark 16:4-7 NIV). He was
raised for our justification.
4. Christ is seated at the right
hand of God. In our passage today, Paul tells us Jesus, "…is at the
right hand of God" (Rom. 8:34 NIV). We also know from Mark 16:19:
"After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven
and he sat at the right hand of God." (NIV) If by comparison we
look at the temple or the tabernacle as described in the Old Testament,
we see no seat -- no place to sit. Why? Because the work of the Old
Testament priest would never be finished. However, just before He died,
our Great High Priest Jesus Christ said: "It is finished."
(John 19:30 NIV). So why is Jesus seated? Because the work is finished!
5. We can ask our Heavenly Father in his name: "And I will do
whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the
Son." (John 14:13 NIV)
6. Christ is interceding for us:
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters
the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has
entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order
of Melchizedek." (Heb. 6:19-20 NIV) Did you pray this morning? If
not, you should have. But not to worry, whether you did or did not --
because Christ is right now making intercessions for us to to be in
lawful right for us to come back to God.
John 10, Jesus illustrates how the
shepherd cares for his flock, protecting them from weather, thieves, and
predatory animals. He loves and shields them, and if necessary, he would
even lay down his life for them. Jesus is the good shepherd to His
believers just as the shepherds were of their livestock. A shepherd
tended his flock day and night. He would gather the sheep into a
sheepfold at night for their protection. The sheepfold was a pen, a
cave, or an area backed by stone walls. Since there were no doors, the
shepherd would often sleep or sit in the opening, ready to guard his
sheep from harm.
Being different than a hired keeper who might
run away in the face of danger, the flock belonged to the shepherd who
would stay and defend them. He had a genuine loving concern for what
belonged to him.
7. Jesus Christ went to our Heavenly Father's
house to prepare a place for us: "My Father's house has many rooms;
if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to
prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
(John 14:2,3 NIV)
These seven works of Jesus Christ are the
reasons why no one -- before God -- can condemn the acts of His chosen
people. We have been forgiven. Period.
Let's pray: Heavenly
Father, thank You. May we never forget your extraordinary strategy to
save us through Jesus Christ...As it's written in Hebrew 4:16: "Let us
then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may
receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (NIV). In
Jesus' name, amen.
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