“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Such was the exceptional mission shouldered by Jesus. Intercession by intimates of God is the palliative elixir that gives a weakened mortal the necessary strength to rise and conquer the forces of cosmic law he has roused against himself by disobedient behavior. The interceder stands with the devotee, offering him defense in the form of impermeable wisdom, and sometimes deflecting onto himself a portion of a devastating onslaught.
Jesus came in a darkened age that was little able to appreciate him; but his message of the love of God and his intercession on behalf of suffering humanity was not only for that time but for all ages to come—that God is with man in his darkest moments as well as in enlightened times. He reminded a world fearful of their Creator as a God of wrathful judgment that, though “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth,” the Absolute is also a personal God who can be appealed to in prayer and who responds as a loving Heavenly Father.
Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ