The Thought for the week this week was written by Rosalind Creighton

by Susie Jean Sharkey

Jude 24: ‘Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.’ 

This verse sums up the work of Christ our intercessor. When Christ intercedes on our behalf, I do not think He has to beg God to forgive us- God is 'slow to anger' and 'swift to show mercy'. After all, did He not willingly send His only son to die for us all?

When we sin, the devil stands and accuses us. If we acknowledge our sin and repent, Christ, our intercessor, holds out his nail-scarred hands and says, 'The penalty has been paid' and he shows his hands to the devil and says, 'There is no charge to answer.' We are presented as 'faultless before the presence of His glory.'

Part of Christ's work as intercessor is to 'keep us from stumbling' and that is why He sent His Holy Spirit to provide us with all the grace, wisdom, strength and power to become more like Christ. If we sin or feel beaten down by life, we only need to look up to the One who sits at the right hand of the throne of God and says, 'I paid the price, I won the victory, I am daily interceding on your behalf; therefore, dear child, go in peace and joy, knowing your sins are forgiven, you are accepted by God and the Holy Spirit lives within you.'