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The Wednesday Word: More, More about Jesus!

Hebrews 4:14: Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

We so very often miss the “little big” phrases of Scripture. We’ve just read one of them. It said, “We have.” Did you notice it? “Seeing then that we have a great high priest.” I’m glad that it didn’t merely say, “There is a great high priest!” It says, instead, that we have a great high priest. He is already ours!
Our High Priest is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ!

He is the One who is superior to all the high priests of the Old Testament.

He is the One who replaced all the high priests of the Old Testament.

He is the One who is now seated on the throne of grace.

He is the One who is filled with love and sympathy for His purchased people.

He is the One who ever lives to apply the benefits of His atonement to his people.

He is the One who brings us into the welcoming presence of God.
In the Old Testament, the high priests of Israel were but; “faint types and shadows of Christ.” However, they carried the names of the tribes of Israel upon their breastplate. This pointed towards Christ’s love for His people. These same names were also upon the high priest’s shoulders. This pointed towards the power of Christ in carrying His people (see Exodus 28:6-14; Exodus 28:15-29). Likewise, at this very moment, our great high priest, the Lord Jesus saves us with both love and strength. What an amazing salvation! What an amazing Saviour!
“Before the Throne of God above

I have a sure and perfect plea;

A great High Priest whose name is love,

Who ever lives and pleads for me,

My name is graven on His hands,

My name is written on His heart;

I know that while in Heaven He stands

No tongue can bid me thence depart.”

 

Once each year, under the Law, the Jewish high priest went behind the veil and into the holiest of all to sprinkle the blood on the mercy seat (Leviticus 16). But our high priest, the Lord Jesus, has, once for all, passed through the heavens and entered the heavenly sanctuary, with His own blood, where He, at this moment, gloriously represents us (Hebrews 9:24).

Let me ask you, do you know what it is to have a high priest or is this a mere theory? Are you living in this knowledge or is your life characterized by regret? Are you constantly thinking, “If only I had not made that stupid mistake…or if only I hadn’t done this or that”? Is your past robbing you of today’s joy? Then it’s time to put your past behind you! Your great high priest has finished His work—-it is over. His blood has cleansed every wicked thing that you have ever done or thought (John 19:30).

You might say, “But you do not know what I have done in the past!”

I don’t need to know. The blood of Jesus cleanses all sin (I John 1:7). Consider Paul; watch him and see how in a murderous frenzy he wasted the early church. I’m sure that was hard for him to forget. But he knew about the shed blood of the Lord Jesus. He knew that his Lord was his great high priest and intercessor. He knew that his sins had been taken away and, as a result, he was able to forget those things that lay behind.

Like Paul, we can forget our past for we have a great high priest. Our past is past. It has been wiped out. It is gone!

Jesus our High priest sympathizes with us in our temptations. He supplies us with strength. He is everything we need!

And that’s the Gospel Truth

Miles McKee
Minister of the Gospel

The Grace Centre

6 Quay Street, New Ross,

County Wexford, Ireland.

www.milesmckee.com  

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