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. (ESV Hebrews 7:25)
As we approach Good Friday, and the weekend dedicated to remembering the cross of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished for you and me – for anyone who will repent of sin, and trust Jesus as Lord of their life. By accepting Him, you can have your name written in the Book of LIfe – you are forgiven and move from judgement into life eternal. And that eternal life was assured when Jesus rose from the grave on the following Sunday.
When Jesus was resurrected, it is clear from scripture that he then became the High Priest and became our advocate with the Father.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water…For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. (Hebrews 10:19–22, 24 ESV)
As we learn to trust and obey, the Spirit works to conform our minds into the image of God – to the way to live on earth like Jesus. We may occasionally make a mistake and sin. Here’s where Christ’s advocacy as our High Priest is essential:
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (ESV 1 John 2:1)
Jesus Christ is our mediator between God and man:
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (ESV 1 Tim 2:5)
Jesus understands you. He lived as a man on earth as he ministered to the multitudes.
Since then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence, draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (ESV Heb 4:14-16)
Through Jesus Christ our High Priest, we, just like the early Christians who witnessed Christ’s death and resurrection, and further based their faith on Christ’s promise of salvation and eternal life — have the same hope offered to us. This refers to the personal, heart to heart relationship the Christian is expected to have with Jesus.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish. (John 10:27–28)
Jesus is ready to forgive you. By His advocacy, we all have access in one Spirit to the Father, and we live through Christ’s Spirit united with Him and the Father, and we can live in newness of life in mind, body and soul in His kingdom now. (John 17:21)
For a deeper dive into the theology of Jesus Christ our High Priest you can access my in-depth study here: Jesus Christ, our High Priest