As we come to the end of looking at this verse, we have for me the most encouraging words.
Have you ever had a problem and tried to call a call help centre? If you are anything like me, after ten minutes you have lost the will to live; constantly been reminded by those immortal words “your call is important to us”! The music plays and then the phone just goes dead. If you have not experienced this, then how blessed you are!
How wonderful to know God is not like that. Yes, He would say your call is important to Him, but He would back that up with letting you know that there is no waiting, just the knowledge that you call has been heard and is not in a list waiting to be answered.
What is even more wonderful is that Jesus himself goes to the Father on your behalf whenever you are in need. This is known as “Paraclete“. “Paraclete” is simply the Greek word transferred into English. The translation of the word in English Versions of the Bible is “Comforter“, we are encouraged when we need to draw on the comforter. (NOW)
Family in Erdington, this is not a time to do just that. Our world needs a COMFORTER and He is available right now. As I write this, my wife is on her way to her sister’s funeral. I cannot be there for her, but Jesus can and is. It is wonderful to know there are no time limits, we have access 24/7 – no need to wait, no hanging on, no queuing, just automatically sent to the throne of Grace that we talked about yesterday.
The hymn writer said “Come to the Saviour, make no delay, Here in his word he’s shown us the way; Herein our midst he’s standing today, Tenderly saying: Come! Come to the Saviour! O hear his voice! Let every heart leap forth and rejoice, And let us freely make him our choice; Do not delay, but come. Think once again, He’s with us today; heed now his blest commands, and obey; Here now his accents tenderly say: Come to your Saviour, come.”
Yes, these may not be words we would use today, but how powerful they are! So let me conclude with a verse of scripture which reminds us of Jesus waiting to intercede. Do you need HELP, COMFORT, are you AFRAID? Then as I have said all week LET US GO.
My dear children, I write this letter to you so you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a helper in the presence of the Father—Jesus Christ, the One who does what is right.1 John:2