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Holy Week Devotion - Rob Scott

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Because Jesus Rose Again, He Alone Is Our Great High Priest

Hebrews 4:14-16
…”Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.  There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Note:  Before Jesus can be our great High Priest and fulfill that ministry in our lives, we must first be saved.  Our salvation is a pre-requisite to the ministry of His priesthood.  

Question:  Are you saved? (Romans 10:9-10; Acts 4:12; John 3:16)

The high priestly ministry of Jesus in the believer’s life has a double aspect:  that of Advocate and Intercessor.  I John 2:1 states that Jesus Christ, the Righteous, is our advocate with the Father.  Hebrews 7:25 states that Jesus is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him (Intercessor).

Jesus became our great High Priest by the power of a life that could not be destroyed.  God, the Father, through an oath to the Lord Jesus said, “You are a priest forever and your priesthood lasts forever.”  (read carefully Hebrews 6:16-20)

What does all of this mean practically for the believer today?

  1. Those who are saved have a great High Priest, Jesus, the risen Christ, who has saved us completely, to the uttermost, forever.  Nothing can destroy our salvation or separate us from the love of God. Jesus, by the power of the resurrection, maintains our salvation.
  2. Jesus completely understands one can better identify with our personalities, weaknesses, sin, struggles, temptations, etc.  Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves.
  3. Because of all Jesus accomplished through his resurrection and his ascension to the Father’s right hand, we have all access, anytime, any place, any situation life throws at us to come to him boldly with confidence to obtain mercy and grace knowing we have Jesus, the great High Priest who intercedes and pleads for us to God, our Father.

He is Risen and serves as our great High Priest!

Rob Scott
Director of WLC Youth Ministries