Friday, September 01, 2023

Head: Yes

Friday, September 1, 2023
    Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710
    [Jesus:] “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.”
    —John 17:9 (NIV)
    Not pleading with the Father, but expressing the Father’s good pleasure is the key-note of true intercession. Forgiveness is God’s idea, God’s desire; and it is He who appoints both the Judge and the Counsel for the Defense. It was He who inaugurated the priestly work, that men might receive His cleansing and turn to the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world. God has provided for himself a Lamb. It is He who sends His Son to be our Elder Brother, and to incorporate us as adopted sons into the circle of His Fatherly love. So then it is the voice of His beloved Son which is most clearly heard by the Father in heaven. In that voice of intercession, all the voices of intercession are contained and heard. The Son is talking to the Father about us, and what He says is not “Please” but “Yes,” for in Him is the “Yea” and “Amen.”
    ... David Head, Shout for Joy, New York: MacMillan Co., 1962, p. 147 (see the book)
    See also John 17:9; Isa. 53:12; Matt. 28:18; Mark 1:10-11; John 5:26-27; 2 Cor. 1:20; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet. 2:5; 1 John 5:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I belong to Your Son.
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