Christ’s Risen and Glorified Priesthood
But He has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
—Hebrews 7:24-25, emphasis added
As we see Christ’s risen and glorified priesthood, we are reminded that He truly can forgive us (Revelation 1:13b-14b)!
What did Jesus do on earth? He forgave sins as pictured in the healing of the leper who knelt before Him saying that, if He wanted to, He could cleanse him. And Jesus, full of compassion, said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed” (see Mark 1:40-45; emphasis added).
To the paralytic who was lowered on his bed into that crowded house in
To the woman caught in adultery, when her accusers left, Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” (see John 8:1-11).
That same Jesus, the Son of Man and Son of God, has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20). He is not a distant, unknowable, infinite Creator God. No, He is with us always!
Because the Jesus who is with us is the risen and glorified Son of Man, He can truly have compassion on us because He knows our frame, “that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). Because He knows our weaknesses so well, His most frequent emotion is compassion. He is literally “moved within.” The Bible says that Jesus was moved both physically and emotionally when He saw people.
Do you truly understand the depth of love that Jesus Christ has for us? God himself is moved with compassion for you and me, and He longs for us to realize that He is with us as the Son of Man!
What is Jesus doing now? He is still forgiving sins: We have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, [so] let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:14-15).
As we saw in Hebrews 7:24-25 at the beginning of this devotional, because Jesus has “an unchangeable priesthood” He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to Him in faith because He always lives to make intercession for us!
Do you feel defiled? He alone can forgive and cleanse. Do you feel the fear of future judgment? He can forever take away that penalty you deserve. So trust in Him, and then rejoice in your risen and glorified High Priest!
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