“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people…In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.” - Hebrews 5:1-3;7-10
Jesus lives to intercede for us. Right now, He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, and if we know Him and call Him Savior, He is also our high priest, praying on our behalf.
Let’s pause and reflect on this for a moment.
Jesus is lovingly, willingly, and passionately standing in the gap between our broken humanity and God's perfect holiness.
Wherever you are right now – whatever you are walking through – whatever challenge you are facing – Jesus understands. He willingly endured the depths of the worst this world has to offer. He isn’t some polished, cherubic, far-off, impersonal deity. Jesus experienced temptation, betrayal, rejection, and horrific pain, even to death on a cross. He is a battle-tested Savior. If anyone gets your struggle, Jesus does. He gets it. He lived it.
And now He – this sympathetic King of Kings whose favorite name for Himself was Son of Man – lives as the source of life and eternal salvation for all who obey Him. He has our backs. He is doing the heavy lifting. Friend, He has you. Even now, He is praying for all we carry to Him. Rely on Him. Rest in Him. Rejoice in Him!
Father, thank you for Jesus. Thank you for giving us a King and a Savior who miraculously gets us. Please make us more like Him, whatever it takes. We know this isn’t a light prayer, but we want to know you more. Please give us His willingness to enter into hard places and discomfort in order to bring life and light. We want to humbly and gracefully bring Your kingdom to this earth. We want to glorify you, and we want our friends, families, and strangers to know You. Give us Your heart for this world, God. We love you and ask this in the Name of our magnificent High Priest, Amen.