Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
A couple years ago, I had the bright idea to drive to Louisville, Kentucky and play the prestigious Valhalla Golf Club. The course has been the site of a Ryder Cup as well as three PGA Championships. Valhalla is private, very private. Unless you are a member or know a member, it is difficult to even get on the grounds. In order to get a tee time, I had to “gently coerce” a PGA professional to call the clubhouse on my behalf to secure a tee time. Evidently my name doesn’t carry much weight at Valhalla. I needed an intercessor.
An intercessor is a third party making a request concerning two other parties. Jesus Christ is the believer’s intercessor to God. To be able to approach the throne of God, you have to “know a guy.” When we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we obtain such an intercessor to the throne of almighty God. How too often we take this privilege for granted and fail to make our petitions known to our Heavenly Father.
In order to use our earthly connections to get a tee time at a private golf club or a dinner restaurant at a fancy restaurant, it is necessary place our dependence and reliance on a human. He or she may or may not come through on our request. Additionally, the request we are granted today only stands good for one round or one dinner. If we need another time or a reservation next week, we have to hit up our friend again to make that call on our behalf. After a while, we begin to feel like a burden and not want to wear out our connection.
Jesus Christ welcomes our desires and wants to meet the needs for our life. One such need is the continuing grace of God. Jesus Christ closed our circuit to heaven and gives us an assurance (blessed assurance) of the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father. Moreover, our intercessor provides an eternal guarantee of His faithfulness in keeping us within His hand. No actions can make his love for us wax or wane. As being a joint heir through Christ, we are granted priority access to the Heavenly Father. We have been reborn and are a child of the Most High King. Knowing Jesus Christ is more than “knowing a guy” or “having an in.” A relationship with Jesus Christ is our “everything.” Without Jesus Christ as Savior, access to throne of God is impossible.
Jesus Christ not only has the ability to save, but He has the desire to bring the lost unto salvation. In Hebrews 7:25, we are assured, “he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” The English pastor and writer John Bunyan wrote that this “uttermost” is not the limits on His ability, but yet the “uttermost of our necessity.” We needed a Savior with a long arm and the desire to use it. Let us be thankful that our God’s hand does not lack and His desire does not slack.
Ephesians 3:20 gives us confidence that Christ “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Our friend may make the reservation, but he or she is not going to pay our green fee or dinner tab. That burden rests upon the consumer. However, the believer is assured that through a relationship with Christ we are not only guaranteed access, but the cost has already been paid.