Except for those few hours on the cross when He was forsaken–and that in a manner which I do not fully comprehend–the Son has ever been with the Father. Since before the foundation of the earth the Son has been loved by the Father (Jn. 17:24). As the living Word He was with God in the beginning when time on earth was first marked (Gen. 1:1, Jn. 1:1). Even while the Son tabernacled among men, taking on flesh in order to rescue those in bondage to sin and death, He and the Father were never apart (Jn. 16:32). And, as the Lamb forever, He will occupy the throne with God, as God, reigning in glory, receiving the worship due their great Name (Rev. 22:3).
But, as I read in Hebrews this morning, I am reminded that at present the Son has a unique role before the Father. That today, even now, He is there on our behalf.
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.
(Hebrews 9:24 ESV)
Christ entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Chew on that for a bit.
The Son of God not only is Creator, Lamb, and King, He is our Advocate.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(1John 2:1 ESV)
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.
(Romans 8:34 ESV)
Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
(Hebrews 7:25 ESV)
Appearing before God on our behalf. The righteous One asking the Father to credit His righteous to our account. The risen One reminding again of the victory that is ours because He has died once for all for our sins and has been raised in power for our justification. The interceding One, pleading ever His blood as the active cleansing agent for our sin–past, present, and future.
So often in my failure I imagine myself standing before God alone. Just me and my God after He has searched me and known my heart and exposed that in me which brings Him sorrow. Head hung low in solitary silence, so aware of having blown it AGAIN!
But if I’m picking up what the Spirit is laying down, I am far from alone. My Savior appears, even now in the presence of God, on my behalf.
When God looks upon me, He sees me with an Advocate. He sees me in His beloved Son.
Our enemy would have us forget that. Our flesh, in it’s self-centeredness, would have us fail to take note of that. But the Spirit, through the word of God, testifies of that. And I would do best to remember that.
Jesus Christ the righteous, now appearing in the presence of God, at His right hand, able to save to the uttermost, because He intercedes for us.
Presenting the merits of His blood shed, the finality of His sacrifice offered once-for-all, and the permanence of His righteousness credited to our account.
All on our behalf.
All because of grace. All for His glory.