Saturday, March 18, 2017

HEBREWS 7:22-25

"So much...more...Jesus."

Yep, that about sums it up.
But I better go on to why it's better.

"So much the more also Jesus
has become the guarantee
of a better covenant.

The former priests, on the one hand,
existed in greater numbers because
they were prevented by death from continuing,
but Jesus, on the other hand,
because He continues forever,
holds His priesthood permanently.
Therefore He is able also to save forever
those who draw near to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them."

Oh such wonderful words, sweet to the ear, precious to the heart, satisfaction to the soul.  But in our Protestantism, we have held ourselves above having priests like the Jews, Catholics or pagans, and rightly so, except we do have a priest, a High Priest, who ever lives to make intercession for us. 

My goodness, our faith is fruitless and useless if we have no such priest.  We need to wake up and realize what we have!   He is our mediator, the middle-man.  He is our go-between as the God-man, One who sympathizes with our weakness, not to excuse, but to strengthen and to forgive the confessed sins.  This is so He can save forever and help us to draw near to God through Him.

There's a long line of Levitical priests because they die and have to be replaced.  Not so with our Priest.  He ever lives.  He's not dead and never will die.  He settled that way back one Easter when the old devil thought he had him all wrapped up in a tomb wearing mummy clothes when on the third day He rose from the dead.

She lost a tooth!!

Here's a oversimplified illustration.  I have granddaughters who are in the loose tooth stage and proud of it.  You see, baby teeth are only temporary.  Big-people teeth are growing in that are meant to last their lifetime.   You might call it the old and the new.  There comes a time that loose teeth must be pulled and put under the pillow in exchange for money left by the tooth fairy.  Here's a Jane-ism who recently lost her two front teeth, "I just smiled real big and they fell out!"  Yep.  We need to smile real big and let go of the old and make way for the new covenant, a better covenant.  The baby teeth are a promise that something better is coming!

Loosing two teeth in one day
(plus the other two lost recently)

Jesus guar-on-tees this better covenant, this sacred promise.  When God makes His promises, He keeps them.  Have you thanked God today that you live on this side of the cross?  We have this New Covenant, the New Testament, the Gospel to live by.  Woe to those who ignore, or worse, reject it.  Who wouldn't want such a Priest? 

Is this ol' world that great that someone would want to deny eternity with a short, self-centered vision of the here and now?  We live in a death-denying and sin defying world that thinks we can be sin-denying by "evolving" biblical truths away to cover up sin.  They are back in the Garden giving into the temptation when the serpent still questions, "Did God really say...?"

Adam Clarke says, "'Wherefore He is able to save to the uttermost'--From all the guilt, power, root, and consequence of sin.  'them that come'--By faith, 'to God through Him.'"

Andrew Murray says, "'He can save completely', that is, there need never be a moment in which the experience of His saving power is intermitted, in which the salvation He has wrought does not save.  'He ever liveth to make intercession for them.'  Without ceasing there streams forth from Him to the Father the prayer of His love for every one and every need of those that belong to Him."

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