Jesus, God’s son, who never missed God’s goal for his life, offered up himself. God set him aside for this role. He is now our High Priest. We share in his new plan. It was the perfect plan, perfectly executed. Only Jesus could do it for us.
Jesus wasn’t elected to this position. God, His Father, appointed Him. No popular vote here. No democracy in God’s world. His decision and it was perfect. Thanks be to our magnificent Leader!!
No one elects himself to this honored position of High Priest. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did the Messiah presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:40-16
- Jesus is Priest and King of all: none is excluded. (fsdm.org.uk)
- The High Priest of Melchizedek – hero for our times? (johndavies.typepad.com)
- The Blood and the Word!!! (ireport.cnn.com)
I know sometimes I am trying to help with the wrong thing. I think I understand the problem but I have somehow missed the real issue. Jesus is able to help where the help is needed. Not missing the mark at all. He experienced it all himself and has gotten rid of our missing His goal for our life. He is our High Priest.
May I rest in the knowledge that He helps me where I need the help.
It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed. Hebrews 2:16-18
Relax, God is in control. I keep hearing that from our Father. He promised a rest. That is His goal for us. This rest requires that we have faith in Him.
If we believe that nothing is impossible for God, that he loves us and has a great plan for us, we can be “at rest”. His peace isn’t easily understood but it is real. His rest is like no other.
There is only one requirement. We must believe.
For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed, “They’ll never get where they’re going, never be able to sit down and rest.” Hebrews 4:1-3
I have to say that it hasn’t always been obvious to me that angels are here to help me. Lately it has been more obvious. God knows what He is doing. Not everything is as it seems in this world. God’s hand is behind some activity that we cannot even fathom.
May it be more obvious to me all the time!!
Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation? Hebrews 1
God is talking. Am I listening?
That, quite simply, is the main thing. It is easy to turn a deaf ear. It is easy to pretend that He didn’t say it. It is not about the easy path but it is about the path of sacrifice. We must take up His cross. There is no other way. The price must be paid.
And, having heard, will I believe what God wants to do and will do?
That, quite simply, is the main thing about the main thing. Nothing is impossible with Him. He will be faithful to His word. I must believe. I must lean in to Him.
For who were the people who turned a deaf ear? Weren’t they the very ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who was God provoked with for forty years? Wasn’t it those who turned a deaf ear and ended up corpses in the wilderness? And when he swore that they’d never get where they were going, wasn’t he talking to the ones who turned a deaf ear? They never got there because they never listened, never believed. Hebrews 3:15-19
May I listen and not turn a deaf ear. I can hear. May I believe.
There is the saying “As good as his word”. All God has to do to guarantee His promise to us to give us His word. When He says it, we can count on it. No ifs, ands or buts. It is done.
I can take it to the bank. He won’t break His promise to me. He is faithful so I can be faithful.
When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. Hebrews 6:18
“It is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening.” ~~Apostle Paul
Am I mature in God’s ways? Am I eating solid food? Can I teach others God’s what God is saying and doing today?
I can teach others if I cultivate the habit of listening to God. I can be of help if I learn from what I am hearing. Being able to distinuguish what is right is something I must practice. It doesn’t come easy but it produces growth for me and my family.
I want to be mature. May I listen and learn.
I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. Hebrews 5:11-14