Text: Ephesians 5:1-2, Hebrews 3:1-6, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 1:14-25, 1 John 4:10
Christ remains our perfect Priest today. He sits at the right hand of God, ruling over all creation. All that the Father has given will come to Him, and He will not lose any of His own. He draws us into worship, He cares for our spiritual lives, and He continues to make intercession for us.
History class was wasted on me. All those names and dates and stories were woefully uninteresting to me at the time, which seems like a tragedy now that I know better. If I could turn back time, I’d let myself make most of the same mistakes, I think, but I would definitely pay more attention in history class.
It’s a common misconception when we’re young and invincible—that what happened in the past no longer affects us in the present. Besides, the present is exciting and entertaining and, well, alive. Why spend time talking about dead guys?
I’ve taken this approach with Jesus more often than I want to admit. I think of His life in the past tense—how He lived and how He died, how He rose from the grave, triumphant over death. But then I hit the pause button, and there the risen Jesus stays—frozen in a cloud, mid-ascension, twiddling His glorified thumbs.
But Jesus is not finished. His work on the cross is finished—it is perfect and complete (John 19:30). But His work as our Great High Priest continues. Jesus was the perfect Priest who became the spotless sacrifice, but His priesthood is ongoing. Christ died to save us, and now He lives to intercede for us before the Father (Hebrews 7:25).
Our Savior, who took on our sin and granted us His righteousness, is the One who sits at the Father’s right hand, claiming as His own those He died to save (1 John 4:10). He shepherds us even now, fulfilling the promise that none of His children will be snatched out of His hand (John 10:29). He knows our weakness, as He Himself experienced humanity in its fullness but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). And just as He saved us “once for all” by His death on the cross (Hebrews 9:12), He saves us still, granting grace and mercy as our advocate before God and our admittance into God’s presence (1 John 2:2).
We don’t hope today in a static story about a commendable dead guy. We hope today in the reality of the risen Christ—our forever Priest who is as alive today as He was when He walked out of the grave.
Though we stood on the opposite shore of the great chasm created by our sin, separated from our holy God, Jesus’ blood made a way for us to be reconciled to God—welcomed at His throne as heirs with Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 4:16). Our priest has become our brother (Hebrews 2:11). The call to be holy—to be imitators of our holy God—is not an idle request; it is a reality of the redemption being worked out in us by our Great High Priest (1 Peter 1:15). This is the unmatched, unlimited grace of the God who has saved us fully and is saving us still.
Offer your worship today to the perfect Priest who became the perfect sacrifice—the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world and intercedes for us before the Father (John 1:9).
Thanks be to God.