Today’s focus verse starts with a “therefore,” so let’s check out what was said previously.
Verses 23-24 say, “There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever.”
Well, that makes verse 25 really pop, doesn’t it?
Let’s paraphrase it this way:
Unlike all the human priests, Jesus lives forever, He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him.
>>followed by<< He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. Now that’s a tad bit clearer, what’s it saying to us? The Israelites before Jesus only knew the system where they would bring their offerings and sacrifices to the priest to pay for their sins. It was a messy system. It was a flawed system and like most everything else, mankind had found ways to corrupt it. Enter Jesus, the perfect Lamb. The final sacrifice. The Way, the Truth, the Life. The only way to the Father. He was able to save all who came to the Father back when these words were written and He is able to do it today and He is able to do it forever. There is no end! But wait! There’s more!!! Seriously, there is more. Think about that person you contact every time you need prayer. That prayer warrior who really knows how to pray. You have great confidence that God hears that person, right? What if you knew you had God Himself praying for you? He (Jesus) lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. If you are a believer, you are part of “their.” How cool is it to know that Jesus is your advocate before the Father? If accusations are leveled against you by you-know-who, Jesus is there, interceding for you. If sickness or grief or hardship or trouble is pressing in, Jesus is talking with the Father on your behalf. You can have extreme confidence that God hears Him. I don’t know about you, but that’s like a dozen B-12 shots at one time. It revs me up and causes me to rejoice. It makes me walk more confidently, it feels like a warm blanket on a cold day, like a sweet spring shower, like the best meal ever, like the hug of a loved one. It’s amazing that God intercedes on my behalf with God. Let’s rejoice today that our first order of each day is not a visit to the Temple to offer a blood sacrifice, that instead, Jesus has paid that price and is able to save us all if we come to Him for passage to the Father. Let’s give an extra shout for the faithful intercession by Jesus on our behalf. Coffee, Bible, Journal. _______________________________ © 2019 Faye Stoeffler Bryant