Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Great High Priest

"Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and Your law is truth" (Psalm 119:142).

There are so many jewels of truth to consider concerning Jesus Christ. One of these is His role as our Great High Priest. I have been reading some chapters in Hebrews over and over again, because the truths there are so astonishing. One that I have come to understand is that Jesus is forever our Great High Priest. He will continue to intercede on our behalf throughout eternity. When I first realized that, I was stunned. To me, it makes an incredible statement about the great love He has for us, and about our need of His intercession and righteousness.

We know that we have no righteousness of our own, and that our only hope is to have His righteousness applied to us. Everything in this world gets old and wears out. Nothing lasts forever. We are continually replacing things: appliances, clothing, cars, buildings, etc. And try as we might, we simply cannot keep these earthly tents of ours around forever; they will most certainly grow old, or sick, and die one day. Yet God's righteousness will be around forever. And we have the righteousness of Christ. I cannot seem to dwell enough on these things. I want to think and ponder over them till they truly penetrate my heart.

What a merciful God we have!

"The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:23-25).


Amy said...

Amen! Indeed, Jesus is our only and One Great High Priest! And He is a wonderful One at that! Great reminder post here.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day today! Many holiday blessings to you, my sister, and your family.

I'm watching the Macy's Day Parade now...then later shall be eating dinner with a dear friend.

~Amy :)
Author of "Orphaned Into Belonging"
Walking In The Spirit

Ruth said...

HI Maureen,

Wow that was encouraging. What struck my heart was where you said:

To me, it makes an incredible statement about the great love He has for us, and about our need of His intercession and righteousness.

I have never thought about it like that, but truly our need is probably greater than we will ever know for HIS intercession for US. How faithful He is.

Thanks! Ruth

Ike said...

Oh, the wonder and the glory of it all! Our High Priest has gone into the very presence of God for you and me, and He is there today!

We do not worship Him by going through a ritual. We do not worship Him by burning candles or incense, or by having a nice little altar fixed up.

Oh, that "we" could get into His presence and smell the sweet incense of His presence-not with our noses but with our hearts and our souls and our minds. I pray that I might be conscious of the sweetness of His presence, that I might walk in the light of His Word, and that there might be reality in my life everyday. I covet that for all of you too! We need to get into the presence of the living Christ who is our Great High Priest ministering yonder at a better tabernacle than the one that was on this earth. We can worship the living Christ today! We indeed have much to be thankful!

Maureen said...

Hi Amy, thanks for your well wishes. Actually, we had our Thanksgiving in October. And it was a good one. I trust yours was as well :o)

Ruth, this is a theme that can be pondered forever, and I guess it will be! Thanks for coming by.

Again, I'm so sorry about Jewel.

Ike, I thank you for your lovely, encouraging comments. Can we ever say enough about the beauty of Christ? I think not.
Bless you.

Leonard said...

Great reminders, thanks Maureen.