In Romans 8:34 we read, “Who is he that condemneth? Is it Yahshua that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of Yahweh, who also maketh intercession for us.”
One of the most profound truths in the life of a true believer is that Yahshua Messiah, who died for our sins and rose for our justification, now lives to intercede for us before Yahweh. In John 17:9, Yahshua poured out his heart for His disciples. He said, “I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are yours.” But He went even further! Yahshua said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word” (John 17:20). That includes you and me!
What else does Yahshua pray for us? For one thing He prays for our security. In John 17:11, we can find the following, “...Holy Father, keep through thine own name those thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”
Yahshua also prays that we have victory over sin and the devil. “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil [or ‘the evil one’]” (John 17:15).
Another request Yahshua had was, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17). Our sanctification will come, therefore not through some special experience, but through Yahweh’s word. He also prays for true unity among His true disciples: “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” (John 17:21).
Finally, He prays for our ultimate glorification. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou has given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me” (John 17:24). We can be assured that the Father will grant these requests of His beloved Son.
Isn’t it wonderful that we have a Savior who intercedes for us? When Yahshua walked this earth, He experience the pain of trials and temptations. One cannot say, “Yahweh does not know how I feel. He has never gone through what I am going through.” Indeed, Yahshua knows the hardships of being a human being! He was persecuted and executed in the flesh. Most of our trials are less severe than what Messiah experienced. He was beaten beyond recognition, spat upon, and finally nailed to a torture stake. Surely we can go to Yahweh when we are hurting and Messiah will mediate for us. If He was persecuted, surely we will be also. But we will also be with Him in glory if we overcome to the end. Be of good cheer, Brethren!