Jesus Christ Is Priest Upon God’s Throne

In the New Testament book of Hebrews there is a glorious picture of God and the plan of salvation. I would dare say that what God is doing in heaven right now is just as important as when Jesus “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:7-8). Yes, the Apostle Paul who wrote that also tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Jesus “sin for us.” When Jesus was crucified, though He “knew no sin,” He became sin for us.” Why? The answer comes in the same verse, that sinful human beings may be saved and “become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Now how is that going to happen? How can a leopard change his spots? How can sinners become righteous? The answer of course is through believing in Jesus. Believing in everything about Jesus that the Bible has revealed to us. He is Creator. He is Savior. He is Lord. And He is also our High Priest, “Who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man” (Hebrews 8:1-2).

Since He is Lord, that means those who believe in Jesus will obey Him. For He said, “If you love Me keep My commandments” (John 14:15). But, I’m going to need some help with that. How can I keep His commandments?

This is where it is so important about what Jesus is doing right now in heaven, serving as our High Priest. As High Priest, Jesus can fulfill the promise which is given to those willing to obey Him. Jesus promised us that He would send us “another Helper,” who is called the Holy Spirit, who will abide with us forever. He will abide with you! And, it is in Jesus’ very important role as our High Priest where He is able to send us the Holy Spirit and also Himself to make intercession for us; and, why He can also say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 7:25; 13:5).

Do you believe that sending the Holy Spirit and Jesus Himself serving in heaven as High Priest is important? I do! It is as important to our salvation as when Jesus died on the cross. For without the Holy Spirit to “guide you into all truth,”where would you be today? Those of you who believe in Jesus, that is. And without the Holy Spirit to “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” what chance would any lost sinner have to come to Jesus and find salvation? (John 16:13, 16:8). And without Jesus Himself interceding for you now, pleading His shed blood on your behalf, how can anyone hope to be saved and be made righteous?

Thank God for the resurrection. It is at the resurrection of Jesus when He went back to heaven to begin His role as our High Priest. And, He sent the Holy Spirit to serve believers here… right here on this sin polluted earth. Yes, right now in heaven Jesus serves as our Advocate, for the Apostle John tells us,“If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father,” who also, “if we confess our sins, is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness “(1 John 2:1, 1:9). Jesus now serves in heaven, sitting at the right hand of the Father. He is our High Priest, who “always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). And think about this, the Father is sitting together with Jesus. “The Father Himself loves you” as Jesus said, and proves it by sitting with Jesus as He is making intercession for us. For you!

“As a priest, Christ is now set down with the Father in His throne. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One, is He who ‘hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows’ (Isaiah 53:4), who ‘was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin’ (Hebrews 4:15).…” “His intercession is that of a pierced and broken body, of a spotless life. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead for fallen man, whose redemption was purchased at such infinite cost” {White, E. G. (1973). God’s Amazing Grace (p. 69), Review and Herald Publishing Association}. 

It is this Jesus who is called the Son of Man and the Son of God, who “before the world was” had equal glory to the Father and alongside the Father “made the worlds” (John 17:5, Hebrews 1:2), the Father and the Son working together in the creation of all things, living and non-living. It is this Jesus who serves us now, advocating for us, interceding for us, making our prayers, yours and mine worthy before the Throne of God. So, let us believe the promise and, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession,” and, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14, 16).

Prayer: Dear Father, we acknowledge Your power and majesty is so far above our limited comprehension. Yet, we are privileged to bow before Your throne O God, where Jesus now sits as our Great High Priest, where He does in fact make intercession for us even now. We come to You now in prayer on behalf of our Churches, our families, and our neighbors and even the stranger who may be within our midst. Hear our prayer O LORD.

Gracious Father and Jesus our Savior and Lord, we give thanks to You for the wonderful things You have done to accomplish our salvation. You are worthy of all praise, honor and glory. Please accept our worship, though we are unworthy. Thank You Jesus for making atonement for us even now. Teach each one of us to search our own hearts, that we may confess and forsake our sins before Your throne of grace. Thank You Jesus for helping us even to do that.

Truly the Holy Spirit is given to us to guide us and cause our thinking to be corrected, so that we may know and believe Your promise to us, that when we confess and forsake our sins, we will be forgiven because our faithful Advocate, Jesus will plead His blood in our behalf. Hallelujah! We pray for the Holy Spirit’s help in order that we will not yield our minds to the sophistry of the Adversary; rather, we pray that we will yield our minds only to our great Advocate who pleads for us to overcome through His sufficient grace. Thank You also for the ministration of the angels to help us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

My Purpose

I am Pastor Dean, a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. God is love and His mercy is still freely available, though we humans are now living in the last days of earth’s sojourn under sin. How important then that you who desire eternal life should be living according to the love of God and the faith of Jesus. My purpose is to help you better understand what it means to live under grace while preparing to meet Jesus when He comes again.

The Sun Has Come Out

The Sun has come out this morning, and what a difference it makes on the human psyche. On me. Since returning home on Sunday from our recent camping adventure on Jekyll Island, we faced a Monday and a Tuesday of clouds, cold and rain. The gloominess of clouds can poorly affect my mood. Yet, I thought about the spiritual nature of man, and how some conditions of human relations can poorly affect your spiritual nature. So it happened that I found myself writing a short word called, “He Has A Way.” My previous and very brief post. For I know that in all things, and in all conditions that God certainly has a way to lift the human spirit through His abundant mercy and His perfect grace which He offers freely to all. To you! You just need to be willing to ask Jesus into your heart, and learn how to hear God’s voice speaking to you.

How can you hear God’s voice? Well, God speaks to me through His word, the Bible. And through the pages of the Bible He brings the promise of life. True life. Real life. A life that was meant to be, from the beginning of creation, before sin. If you read His word, and ask Him in humble prayer, He will also speak to you. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, who is the Invisible Presence of God, of who Jesus said, “… but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:7b-8).

Yes, the Holy Spirit is given to those who are willing to receive Jesus into their hearts and thus, willing to obey Him. Consider what Jesus offers you when He says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:15-18).

Do you desire to be set free from the entanglements of sin? Jesus gives you this promise: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)

What good effect do these words of Jesus have on your own spirit? Are you beginning to hear His voice speaking to you?

Yes, the Sun has come out today, note the picture I took from my backyard deck overlooking the lake. Certainly the sun’s rays gleaming through the wisps of water vapor and reflecting on the lake below paints a much cheerier portrait in my mind, than yesterday’s gloomy day. In a similar way, if you allow Jesus access into your heart, your mind, He who is the Son of Righteousness will paint a beautiful portrait in you. That is my prayer for you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

He Has A Way

Today, it’s cloudy again. I have just returned home from a camping trip where we finally had sunshine. Pretty much a week of sunshine with only one day of rain. Where was that? you ask, because for the first two months of 2021, it has been clouds, cold and rainstorms. Yet there we were, camping on Jekyll Island, and God blessed our week with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Finally!

Alas, to be back from vacation and today it’s clouds and rain again. Seems to me that has been the case spiritually speaking for not a few of you. What can you do when the clouds of discouragement never seem to give you a break? I have only one sure answer—lean on the Lord. In everything you do, lean on Him. Lean on Jesus who knows your pain. He has a way to lift you above the morass of despair through the help of His perfect grace. More on that later. Until then, my prayer for you is that you will open your heart to lean on Jesus.

Introduction to Me

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who seeks to make Him known to those who do not yet know Him, and to make Him better known to those who do. Thus, God has led me throughout my life of now over 6 decades. I have been married to and in love with the same woman for over 38 years and we have children and grandchildren whom I also love. That does not mean my family has not been through trials. We human beings certainly know how to test and even hurt those we love. But, God Himself also knows the challenges, the trials and even the fickleness of human love. Yet, Jesus has demonstrated that God’s love is sure and secure, faithful to the very end. So, yes, I love because God is love. And, I seek to make the love of God known as it should be. I am a pastor, a preacher and a teacher of God’s word, the Bible. Before I became a preacher, I was a public school teacher, and before that I worked at various jobs including, painting, construction, ambulance EMT, parts assembler, and even a paperboy back in the day. In school I played trumpet in the band, was a track and cross country runner, enjoyed most subjects including History, English and Science, and yet, after graduating from high school, I struggled to find my path. Perhaps you can identify? I did not graduate with my Bachelor’s degree until I was 26 years old. And yet, from an early age I knew that God was a God of love, and that He had a plan for me, if I would just be open to His leading. God has brought me through many trials, and has always been there to pick me up when I had fallen or been discouraged. And now, I hope to write in such a way to attract others to this God of love. By the way, I also enjoy camping, reading and outdoor activities, especially strolls on the beach, or hiking a mountain trail. My favorite places on earth are Sequoia National Park because of the Giant Sequoia trees, Yosemite National Park, and the jewel of Georgia known as Jekyll Island. I could tell you more; but hopefully, as you read my posts you will learn more about the God whom I love.

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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