Today's Word of Encouragement from Wayne:
"Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens"
I love that, after writing about Jesus our High Priest since chapter 2, the author of Hebrews states in chapter eight, "now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest." Please believe me when I say that, for our own daily benefit, we always need to remind ourselves, and to gently remind all of our Christian brothers and sisters, that this Jesus we all are talking about - He is here now. He is real now. He is indwelling us now. We need to abide in Him now. He is the head of His body now. He is our High Priest now. We need to know Him as our High Priest now. He has a purpose for us now, that we should all be fully awake to and fully aware that God’s will for His true church is to build us up, "being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood" (1st Peter 2:5).
Otherwise, what are we really taking about and why are we even talking, if we don’t believe ourselves that Jesus Christ is our Savior, Lord, Head, Shepherd, and High Priest right now? The main point the writer of Hebrews wanted his readers to see is that God really is Who he says He is. This requires a response on our part. And, my goodness, responding should not be difficult at all. For when we know our Savior, and we know Him as Lord, Head, Shepherd, and High Priest - we are supremely blessed. Knowing Jesus Christ this way, in His fullness, is like seeing a giant, flashing neon-lit "welcome Beloved Child Of God" sign over the front door to the presence of God.
Every aspect of our Lord Jesus, when understood, ministers life, love, blessing, and His eternal purpose to each one of us. And yes there is a purpose to our knowing Jesus Christ as our High Priest and there is a mighty purpose, yet to be fulfilled in this world, in our priesthood, through Christ, to God our Father. Thy will be done in us Lord, for Your glory! Hallelujah!