The writer to the Hebrews gives us a deep insight of Jesus being our high priest and mediator. The priesthood in the Old Testament was given by God to those whose priesthood fell short, and He established a new priesthood. The old priesthood was set aside as it was weak, because the law never made anything perfect.
The old system established through Moses was a shadow. It was always His intention to install a new system and He took an oath to make it legal. The prophecy about Jesus recorded in Psalm 110:4 says, “you are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”. God made an oath, and it is because of His death, that Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God, and we can be confident to draw near to Him.
Jesus is the only mediator between God and man. The covenant in the Old Testament was ratified by the blood of animals. In the same way, the New Covenant was ratified when Jesus went through the heavens after His blood was offered in the more perfect tabernacle in heaven. This moment is recorded on earth when the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom! Jesus is the first man in heaven. He is our living hope, His blood speaks of better things and He is the perfect sacrifice.
When we face struggles in our daily lives, we can be confident that we have a high priest who sympathises with our struggles. Not only does He know what we are going through, but He went further, and suffered and tasted death for everyone so that we can be with Him forever.
In these challenging days, it is vital to know we have a heavenly intercessor, and He is continually interceding for us. We can have confident assurance that He suffered so that we can share in His glory. This hope we have is an anchor of the soul, a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells.
Jesus, in his perfect humanity, is in the presence of the Father, praying for all of us who are still on the journey. He has made every provision for us not to fail, He is the author and perfecter of our faith. His purpose is that we are made holy, as He is. His forgiveness is like sweet, sweet honey on our lips and we will not abuse His grace or shrink back in these last days. We want to please Him in all we do because of such a great sacrifice, with the prize clear before our eyes we find the strength to be ready when He comes or calls.