Epistle to the Hebrews (8:1-2)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the HebrewsHere is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven.There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle,the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.”  Hebrews 8:1-2

To summarise chapter 7, the author proclaims that “We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven“. This Jesus is not just anyone. We have seen in previous chapters what it means to be seated in the place of honor. By stating his main point, the author wants to make it unambiguous that Jesus sits in the place of honor. This is a very strong theme in the epistle and one which the author gives massive arguments to support it.

The book of Revelation shows Jesus as the One sitting on God’s throne:

Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13

Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.” Rev 3:21

It’s Jesus who rules in heaven. One day my Good Lord said to the Samaritan woman: “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
The Samaritan thought that it was on Gerizim the true place of worship and the Jews thought it was Jerusalem. Yesterday a friend of mine passed away in a tragic accident. My dear friend is now in the true place of worship because of Jesus. How my heart longs to be there also! The true place of worship is where our Savior ministers. There our beloved High Priest stands. There He prepared a place for each of us (John 17). There we can approach God’s throne with assurance. If the holy angels cover themselves because of God’s holiness, how can we dare to open our mouth amidst those holy creatures surrounding God’s throne?
Isaiah said:  “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, ‘See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.‘ “
Don’t think that Isaiah was exaggerating at this instant when he faced certain death. A seraphim had to pick up a coal from the altar to purify his lips. It’s really serious up there, you can’t bypass the sin screening test.
Remember that the Holy God struck in anger Uzzah dead when he had the good intention to keep the ark of the covenant from falling (1 Chr 13:10)? The Israelites feared to come close to mount Sinai because it was God’s holy mountain and if they approached it, they would have been struck to death. God’s presence is fearful is not it? Don’t think that you can get to heaven as easy as getting into a church by hiding your sins. What worship do you think you can give to God if you’re not even worthy to be in His presence? To be eligible to stand in God’s presence and worship Him you must have someone up there who has enough credentials to let you in. Jesus is this someone.
Remember the parable of the Great feast? In this great feast all kind of guests were invited, the good and bad. Sinners were given the wedding clothes.
But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Without God providence to cover your sins, you’re kicked out of heaven.
But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it” ,Jesus said in Matthew 7:14
You might say “Who can get up there then?”. I would say no one – unless you really believe in the power of the High Priest. Oh yeah,  you need to bear in mind that standing in God’s presence should not be taken for granted. It’s not an ordinary place. You really need grace to get there.
We saw earlier that we have such a great salvation and that we should not neglect it. If you die today, bear in mind that you’re going to face a trial and be judged. Without Jesus ministering in the heavenly tabernacle i.e. God’s dwelling place you’re damned. Don’t think heaven is like a church with golden walls. Heaven is not made with imperfect human hands. God is perfect and only perfect and holy people can be in His presence. Impossible to get there huh? Jesus Christ is making His bride perfect for the great feast (Eph 5:26). Jesus Christ the High Priest intercedes for us and because of His perfect sacrifice this fear of getting in God’s presence is removed. It’s all about Jesus. Trust Him. Bow to your knees and worship Jesus for what He did and is doing.
I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God! ”The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Mat 19:24
Jesus the High priest

Jesus our High priest

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Posted December 15, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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