After having taken a short break, we’re back with “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book consists of 10 parts. So far, we’ve looked at “His Eternity,” “His Birth,” “His Circumcision,” “His Baptism,” “His Life,” “His Death,” “His Resurrection,” and “His Ascension.” The last 2 parts are “His Intercession” and “His Second Coming.”
The book is scheduled to come out by the end of this month. If you’ve been blessed by the book, I’ll GREATLY appreciate your honest review on Amazon. Reviews are the lifeblood of any author.
There’s an essential part of Jesus’ saving work that’s many times hardly considered or even completely ignored. Not on purpose, but it simply doesn’t receive the emphasis it should have. It’s His intercession, presenting Himself to the Father as our unblemished Lamb, having sacrificed Himself for our sins. His intercession indicates that God hasn’t left any part of our salvation in our hands. Jesus isn’t only the One who accomplished our salvation; He’s also the One who successfully brings it about in and through our lives.
When the high priest would kill “the goat of the sin offering,” he would also present it to God in the Holy of Holies—God’s presence—for the atonement of His people: “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins” (Lev. 16:15-16).
Interestingly, the Greek word used to translate the Hebrew word for “mercy seat” is propitiation. That means the appeasing and averting of God’s righteous wrath against our sins. While it’s true that Jesus’ saving work was finalized on the cross and confirmed by his resurrection, it’s also true that He must present it to the Father on our behalf, entering the true Holy of Holies.
In Hebrews we read that Jesus is our surety: “Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant” (Heb. 7:22 NKJV). A surety is “a person who takes responsibility for another’s performance of an undertaking, for example their appearing in court or the payment of a debt.” Jesus presents Himself to the Father on our behalf, having fulfilled all righteousness, both actively through His life and passively through His death. He not only undertook the fulfillment of all righteousness, He also appears before the Father and presents it.
Jesus’ priestly office isn’t just temporary, it’s eternal: “Having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 6:20). Therefore, with our eye of faith, we must also enter into the Holy of Holies and behold His intercession for us. He always presents His perfect righteous life and sacrificial death on our behalf.
The Devotional Writer