Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Romans 8:34 (NKJV)
It is overwhelming to think of all that Jesus has done for us – his death, his defeat of hell, his victory and his resurrection. It is even more overwhelming when you consider that Jesus was already in heaven, equal with God before leaving it to go through life on earth and death, a painful sacrifice for us, and then to return to His place of authority at the right hand of God the Father. He gave it all up because of love, his love for you and for the world. Our faith should not stop at his death, but it should be exercised farther on his resurrection, his kingdom and his second coming.
In light of this you can understand Paul’s deep sentiments when he says in Romans 8:34, “Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us, and even more than that, he has conquered death and is now risen, exalted, and enthroned by God at his right hand. So how could he possibly condemn us since he is continually praying for our triumph?” Jesus never condemns us; He forgives us and no one including ourselves should be allowed to condemn us. Scripture says, satan is the accuser of the brethren but Jesus the risen, exalted and enthroned one paid the price for all our sins and no matter how big they may seem in our eyes or the eyes of other people, He forgives them all every time we run to Him.
I am reminded of the account of the woman caught in adultery in John 8. I know it takes two, but it seems the scribes and pharisees who dragged her in the most undignified manner to Jesus who was teaching in the temple courts and with a crowd of people all around him had conveniently forgotten this. Can you imagine the shame she must have felt; how embarrassed, how low and unworthy, how guilty and hopeless she must have felt? Yes, she had sinned, disobeyed the law, and her accusers had already condemned her, sentenced her to a particular punishment – to be stoned according to the law. If they wanted to, they could have dealt with her as they wished but they brought her to Jesus wanting to test Him, and whilst this was extremely embarrassing surrounded by the crowd whom she most likely lived amongst, you can’t help but thank God they did because this was the beginning of her salvation story.
Jesus with so much love in His heart for this woman said the most surprising set of words. He said, “He that is without sin (sinless) among you, let him cast a stone at her.” Every one of her accusers left as their own conscience convicted them of their own sins. Jesus looked at the woman and said, “Dear woman, where are your accusers? Is there no one here to condemn you?” Looking around, she replied, “I see no one, Lord.” Jesus said, “Then I certainly don’t condemn you either. Go, and from now on, be free from a life of sin.” Jesus looked beyond her sin and knew that because of His resurrection victory her sin was dealt with even before He had died. He had so much certainty about this fact which he had spoken to his disciples about a few times. For example, he said in Matthew 26:32, “But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.” He died and even more than that He is Risen! And NOW He is interceding, pleading on our behalf before God! Hebrews 7:25 says Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.
Finally, Moody’s bible commentary says, “He was raised from the dead, and having conquered sin and death, He provides eternal life for all who have faith in Him. He is at the right hand of God, indicating that He shares God’s authority, and that no higher authority exists who can turn Him against His people. And Jesus intercedes for us so that Christians always remain in the Father’s love.”
Prayer: Father, I thank you that Jesus is risen for me. I thank you that right now He is interceding for me. I take authority over all condemning thoughts past, present and future in my life in Jesus Name, pulling them down and declaring that I am free in Jesus Name. The bible says there is no condemnation for me in Christ Jesus and I declare that I am loved by God, and I am in Christ Jesus. There is no greater love in my life than the love of Christ and this love has set me free and always causing me to triumph. Thank you, Jesus, for pleading and interceding for me. I love you. Amen
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