Summary: Jesus constantly intercedes to God on our behalf.
The Friend Who Intercedes
August 7, 2011 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: Jesus constantly intercedes to God on our behalf.
Focus Passage: I Samuel 19:1-7
Supplemental Passage: â€œMy little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.â€ (1 John 2:1-2 NASB)
Introduction: During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback. They came to a river which had left its banks because of a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away. Each rider was forced to ford the river on horseback, fighting for his life against the rapid currents. The very real possibility of death threatened each rider, which caused a traveler who was not part of their group to step aside and watch. After several had plunged in and made it to the other side, the stranger asked President Jefferson if he would ferry him across the river. The president agreed without hesitation. The man climbed on, and shortly thereafter the two of them made it safely to the other side. As the stranger slid off the back of the saddle onto dry ground, one in the group asked him, "Tell me, why did you select the president to ask this favor of?" The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the president who had helped him. "All I know," he said, "Is that on some of your faces was written the answer 'No,' and on some of them was the answer 'yes.' His was a 'Yes' face."
C. Swindol, The Grace Awakening, Word, 1990, p. 6.
I. A Friend Who Hears
a. Jonathan heard what his father wanted to do to David
b. Jesus hears our prayers
II. A Friend Who Tells
a. Jonathan warned David about the king, but made a plan
b. Jesus speaks to us
III. A Friend Who Intercedes
a. Jonathan interceded for David and got the king to relent
b. â€œwho is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.â€ (Romans 8:34 NASB)
c. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; (Romans 8:26 NASB)