MY HEAVENLY PRIEST
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, 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.
We all have something inside of us that says, “I need a mediator, my prayers are not good enough.” I will never forget the time a young wife at Bible School came banging on my door one afternoon. She was crying out “Are you a righteous man?” Her husband had fallen from a ladder and was injured, she was looking for someone to pray. This sister was thinking of the passage of scripture in James that says, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. Obviously, she thought her cries were not reaching heaven. This is the feeling many of us have, resulting, many times, in looking for a priest or a mediator on earth.
The Bible teaches us that there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. Did you catch that? The man Christ Jesus. We have a priest praying for us, He is a man, and He is God. That is the incredible truth of the incarnation of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Once He took on human nature, He became one of us for all time, He is the representative of the human race before our Father in heaven. He prays for me and represents me to God. He pours out the Father’s love on us, the awesome Holy Spirit, representing the Father to me. This hunger for intimacy and true spirituality are met in our lives through this dynamic relationship with our heavenly high priest. The results of this spiritual union is an intimacy with God. Our sins are forgiven, access to heaven has been granted, and our prayers are presented to the Father by Christ Himself.
Maybe you are in trouble today and you feel like your prayers are ineffective. Like the young, desperate wife at Bible School, you need someone else to do your praying for you. You have that “righteous man” praying for you right now, He has always been praying for you. That is how you got this far. Today, we can rest in His love. Jesus Christ, our heavenly high priest, is able to save us to the uttermost since He lives, making intercession for us before the Father”s throne.