Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, March 4, 2016
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25).
Jesus is alive! This proclamation is appropriate since we will soon commemorate the death, rest, and resurrection of Jesus with a public holiday. This is especially encouraging considering what is at stake in our theme text.
The writer of Hebrews says that Jesus is able to save completely and eternally, those who come to God through His ministry. How? How is Jesus able to make such a bold claim? Before we answer this, let’s have a look at the following verse: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” (Revelation 1:18). Jesus is uniquely qualified to save people completely and eternally for a number of reasons. Among them are that He gave His life in our stead as a sinless sacrifice. He also was miraculously raised from the dead with victory over sin, hell, death, and Satan, which are all hindrances to our salvation. Jesus is also eternal. He cannot die again; and in His divine nature, He always existed. Therefore, at whatever point in history, present times, or in the future sin raises its ugly head, Jesus is ever-present to handle it.
If you’re going to have an advocate to represent you, you would ideally need one who is always accessible, because you never know when a problem will arise. You need someone who can handle your past sins/crimes. You need one who is powerful, because you cannot afford to have one who can be overcome with adversity. You need one that is consistent and always on the job, because most problems are unpredictable. Jesus more than fits the bill.
So whenever you find yourself in a sin problem and need some help, realize that Jesus is ever-present, all-powerful, and always on-task to intercede on your behalf. And if you embrace His divine aid in humble submission to Him, He will make certain your sins are forgiven, you’re cleansed from all unrighteousness, empowered to do God’s will and saved into God’s eternal kingdom. I am thankful for such a powerful high priest and I hope you are too.