It was a small, but powerful sentence: "I will be on your behalf."
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We were about to begin a journey with a friend one afternoon when he had to take a phone call. From the very beginning it was obvious something was not good on the other end of the line. Our friend said very little, but the tone of what he did say gave us to understand he was sympathetic and wounded for the person with whom he was conversing. Then he spoke that sentence which carried such weight and power.
"I will be on your behalf."
Don't we all want and need someone who is "on our behalf"? Someone to plead our case, to defend us, to help us in our times of need?
Well, we each have such a Person. The Lord Jesus is our "advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world," (1 John 2:1,2). He stands before God the Father, His nail-scarred hands out stretched to show that the penalty for our sins has been paid. He pleads to our behalf to a Father who "delighteth in mercy," (Micah 7:18).
Our advocate never fails in His intercession and His intercession never fails. He "ever liveth to make intercession," (Hebrews 7:25) for us. Always and continually, He is "on our behalf" before the Father.
Let us have great comfort and confidence in that fact. We have an advocate, we have an Intercessor. We have one who is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin," (Hebrews 4:15).
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me." John 17:21-23