Senior Adult Weekly Devotional Wk.92

By: Noah Barr

This is the Point!

Hebrews 7:23-8:2

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 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. 26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. 1 Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.

            What’s the big idea? What is the point of all this? After 7 chapters of explanation from the preacher, he stops almost in the middle of Hebrews and gives us the big picture, the main point of the entire book: Jesus is our High Priest. He is seated at the right hand of God in Heaven and is a minister in the holy places. This is the most important thing in Hebrews; that Jesus could lay down His life for us because He was the eternal priest appointed by God. Who else could have given their life for the sins of the world? No one. There is no one else. There has always been only one hope. Therefore, the preacher’s reason for lifting up Jesus is to assure us not to look to any of our sacrifices or work but only to Christ. He is the only one who holds the authority, power, and right to forgive sinners. 

            “The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently because he continues forever. 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” (Heb. 7:23-25). Death is unstoppable. All people born into this world will die, those who lived thousands of years ago, no matter how powerful they were, are long dead. Any power they had is gone, and most are forgotten entirely. All the priests who served in the temple passed away and even the physical temple was destroyed. No one is immune to this inescapable death. Even those whom Jesus brought back from the dead eventually died again. But not Christ. Jesus rose from the dead, never to die again. He alone has the power to live forever. For this reason, His power and priesthood will always remain, for He has overcome death. These verses tell us that Jesus saves us fully and will always be standing in our place before the Father. God knew we needed this eternal priest and therefore appointed Him to be so.

        “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever” (Heb. 7:26-28). Where do we find a perfect man? Only in Jesus Christ. Any attempt in history to pay for the sins of man would have been grossly embarrassing. It is interesting that when elections role around there is always something in someone’s past that can be spoken of as sinful. Everyone has fallen at some point. But Jesus was perfect. When the neighbors spoke of Him, they would not have been wrong in saying “that young boy is perfect”. Could jealousy from others have alienated Jesus growing up? It certainly seems that His brothers were that way! This man lived a life of sinlessness and at His trial the lies that were brought against Him of wrongdoing were bogus from those who told them (Mark.14:55-59). Never has Christ sinned in anyway nor ever will. This is the point of Hebrews.

        Jesus is on the side of sinners, He continually represents sinners saying this one is mine. He continually advocates for us in Heaven. “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man” (V.8:1-2). As the Psalmist said: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).

The great comfort we find is that there is no time in our lives when Christ is not representing us. There is no time when Christ’s back is turned towards us. There is no time when the Lord of Heaven is not holding us up and looking on us with His great love. When asked if we believe in Christ, our response is not only a confident yes, but even further we say that Christ is praying for us. His Word says that He is constantly praying for us, for you and for me, continually (Romans 8:26). What can we do but trust in our God who has done all this for us?