Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BLESSINGS FROM OUR HIGH PRIEST

The Bible tells us that when Christ ascended to heaven, He took up the ministry of High Priest to all who come to Him by faith. "This man [Jesus], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood" (Hebrews 7:24).

Jesus is unchangeable — the same yesterday, today and forever. As long as you live, He will be your High Priest in heaven, interceding on your behalf, and He will remain your High Priest until you go home to be with Him.

Our High Priest is seated at the right hand of the Father, in the seat of authority: "We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty" (8:1). Our High Priest has all power and authority at His command.

Jesus is in the Father's presence right now, interceding for us. He confronts our accuser and says, "I rebuke you, Satan. This one is mine because he is sprinkled in My blood. He is secure and his debt is fully paid!" Yet I believe there is even more for us to learn about our wonderful High Priest's ministry on our behalf.

It was the duty and privilege of the Old Testament high priest to come forth from the Holy of Holies and bless the people. The Lord instructed Moses: "Speak unto Aaron and his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace" (Numbers 6:23-26). In other words, after the high priest takes the blood into the Holy of Holies, sprinkles it on the mercy seat and waves the incense, he is to come out, face the people and bless them.

This is the unchanging ministry of our High Priest. Jesus says, "I will cover you with My blood. I will intercede for you before the Father and I will come forth and bless you. "

When the Old Testament priest spoke this blessing to the people, it was not just a wish for them. He did not say, "I wish you peace. I wish the Lord to shine His face upon you." No, the blessing was backed by the full power of God (see Numbers 6:27).

Likewise, when Jesus our High Priest blesses, He does not just wish us good. He pronounces His blessing with authority — and it is done!