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Our Great High Priest
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
When we consider Jesus’ intercession, we consider the application of His finished work. The High Priest didn’t only kill “the goat of the sin offering,” he also presented its blood to God in the Holy of Holies for the atonement of His people.
The word “consequently” refers to the previous verses where we read: “The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he [Jesus] holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever” (Heb. 7:23-24).
His eternal priesthood is used as the argument that “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him . . .” A priest functioned as a mediator between God and His people. He would offer the sacrifices and present them to God. Obviously, Jesus didn’t enter the holy place “by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption” (Heb. 9:12).
As our eternal High Priest, Jesus entered God’s presence and has presented His sacrifice to the Father. How does the Father respond to “the Lamb who was slain” (Rev. 13:8)? The oldest book in the Bible gives us the answer: “And he is merciful to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down into the pit; I have found a ransom’” (Job 33:24).
When Jesus presents His perfect sacrifice to the Father, there’s only one possible response. The Father will fully act in accordance with Jesus has obtained and secured for us. It would be completely unrighteous for Him not to do so. Furthermore, He also stands are our representative—our Federal Head. His death is our death and His resurrection is our resurrection.
Jesus is “able to save to the uttermost”—completely—since “he always lives to make intercession for them.” He pleads His righteous life and sacrificial death on behalf of God’s people and there’s only one answer: “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us” (Rom. 8:33-34).
The Devotional Writer