Jesus helps us even to this day

In order the show the superiority of trusting and following Jesus over the former covenant, the writer of Hebrews makes a comparison between the service of Jesus as our High Priest and the Levitical priesthood by saying:

Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:23-25)

Many of us may think Jesus accomplished everything he sought to accomplish after he ascended to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:229-36), but the writer of Hebrews enlightens our mind by showing us that Jesus still helps us even to this day as our High Priest before the Father in Heaven.

By the time the Hebrew letter had been written, thousands of Levitical priests had come and gone, but now, for nearly 2,000 years, Jesus has unchangeably stood as an intercessor for us, his people, and until the day the Father decides to send the Lord back, Jesus will continue to stand as the sole High Priest for our soul.

For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.” (Hebrews 7:26-28)

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Set aside to minister

In Deuteronomy 18:1-8, we have the record of the priests and Levites being set aside to the service of God and the people. I do not know with any certainty that God intended this situation to be a type of the position that Christians occupy in the world. However, I do believe that we can draw some important lessons from the circumstances of the priests and Levites with God.

• The Levites were to receive no inheritance in the land. I am reminded of this portion of a well known song: “This world is not my home, I’m just a’passing through.” The men and women of faith declared that they were seeking a country, but it was not on this world (Heb. 11:13-16). Brothers and sisters, we have no inheritance here (Heb. 13:14. If we lay up treasures here, there will our heart be (Matt. 6:19-21).

• Their inheritance was the Lord. I know that through God’s blessings, we live pretty well here on this earth. But we do not belong here. We do not fit here. We are wanderers waiting to arrive at ou “long home” (Heb. 10:36-40). Men on this earth, even some in the church, will “think it strange that we do not run with them to the same excesses” (1 Pet. 4:3). A faithful Levite did and a faithful Christian does “set his affection on things above” (Col. 3:2). Our inheritance is the Lord in every way:

  • We are his adoption (Gal. 4:5-7).
  • Our life, by choice, is hid in him (Col. 3:3)
  • Our path, our very footprints are found inside of his as we step where he stepped (1 Pet. 2:21-25; 1 John 1:7).
  • For us to live is for Christ to walk the earth once again (Phil. 1:21; Gal. 2:20)
  • Our purpose in life is His (Luke 19:10; Matt. 20:28).
  • We strive so much to be him in our earthly life that he will bless us to be like him in our glorified body (1 John 3:2-3).

Brothers and sisters, the plight of a servant is indeed blessed because He in our inheritance. Make me a servant, Lord, make me like you.

Mike Glenn

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