Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all. Hebrews 7.25-27
When one is on trial before the court, you desire the best lawyer to be found. You want a counselor who is able to intercede on your behalf. As Christians, we have exactly that.
The high priest was the intercessor between the Israelites and God during the Old Testament. He would offer the sacrifice for sin, first for himself, Leviticus 4, and then he would offer the sacrifice for sin for the people. There were many sacrifices made for sin through the years.
Jesus appears now in God’s presence for us, Hebrews 9.24. He always lives to intercede for us. He is our high priest. His priesthood is far superior to the high priests of old for he offered one sacrifice for all time. He gave his own life that I might live, John 3.16.
Jesus has no need to offer sacrifices for his own sin for he is holy and innocent. He is undefiled and separate from sinners. Furthermore, God exalted him above the heavens. He sits at the right hand of God, Hebrews 8.1. And do you know what he is doing there? If you are a Christian, he is interceding to God on your behalf. On my behalf.
This high priest is God, John 1.1. Jesus is able to save completely because he pleads my case before God. However, we have to accept his gift of grace through obedience to his word. Will Jesus plead your case before God?