JESUS CHRIST is our ‘compassionate’ HIGH PRIEST today
December 14 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 4-6
"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. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Heb 4:14-16)
The writer of Hebrews has already introduced Jesus Christ as our great High Priest earlier as follows: "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus" (Heb 3:1). He is our great High Priest who is seated in His heavenly throne on the right hand of God the Father (Rom. 8:34). He was both human (Jesus) and divine (Christ), who can truly sympathize and empathize with us even though He was the sinless perfection who knew no sin (2 Cor. 5:21), who committed no sin (1 Pet. 2:22), and no sin was seen in Him (1 John 3:5).
Our state of total transparency before a sinless and sympathetic God ought to encourage us to come boldly before Him, seeking mercy and grace. Mercy refers to the remission and removal of our sins the punishment of which we do deserve, while grace refers to us receiving spiritual gifts the blessings we don’t deserve.
God's throne has now become to us a ‘throne of grace’ through the mediation of our High Priest at God's right hand (Heb 8:1; 12:2). We approach this throne of grace, not of judgment, obtaining mercy for the past and grace for the present and future. Our confidence to approach Him boldly is based on the knowledge that He died to save us and that He lives to keep us. He will welcome us with open arms when we go to Him in prayer.
Only Christianity provides such boldness for sinful men before a holy God, and that boldness is possible only because of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. The sobering thought of our complete exposure before God draws us to the merciful High Priest who, having been tempted can help us in our weakness. He lives to intercede for us (7:25) and to help us to do His will (13:20–21).