Jesus—A Fitting High Priest

<strong>Jesus—A Fitting High Priest</strong>

Jesus came to earth to fulfill the will of His Father and to accomplish all of the prophecies concerning Him that had been made in the Bible.  He has satisfied every one of those goals perfectly and completely, praise the Lord!  Thanks to Jesus, all believers are blessed beyond measure.

He, the very one who descended, is also the one who ascended above all the heavens, in order to fill all things.  (Eph 4:10 NET)

Jesus ascended into Heaven after the resurrection, and was seated at the right hand of the Father God.  Jesus has dominion, power and authority over all things; and He is the head of the church.

. . . which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.  (Eph 1:20-23 NKJV)

The point of the book of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, has not just come to fit into the earthly system of priestly ministry as the best and final human priest, but He has come to fulfill and put an end to that system.  He came to orient all of our attention on His ministering on our behalf in heaven.   Hallelujah!

The Old Testament tabernacle and priests and sacrifices were shadows. They were indications of the truth that was yet to come. Now the reality has come to pass, and the shadows pass away.

For this next verse, we’ll look at two different versions of it:

Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.  (Heb 7:26 NIV)

It’s appropriate for us to have this kind of high priest: holy, innocent, incorrupt, separate from sinners, and raised high above the heavens.  (Heb 7:26 CEB)

As a High Priest, Jesus meets all of our needs and fulfills all of His spiritual and supernatural roles throughout eternity.  We serve a living, powerful, and loving God.

Jesus Enables Us to Reign in Life

Jesus Enables Us to Reign in Life

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)  (Rom 5:17)

We are intended to reign in life through [due to; by way of; as a result of] the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives.  Where are we to reign?  We reign as kings in this life—here and now.

Reign means to rule; to have authority; to be in power.  Where do kings reign?  They reign in their kingdom, territory, or domain.  We have the authority, given to us by Jesus, to have dominion in our own lives.  In our own lives, we have God-given power and influence, because our life is our domain!

Notice that Romans 5:17 reminds us that we’ve been given the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness.  Let’s consider these two items.

The abundance of grace:  Abundance means plenty; richness; or lavishness.  Grace means unearned favor; God’s matchless kindness; or blessing.  Now, we understand that God has given each one of us an unending supply of His favor, kindness, and blessings!

The gift of righteousness:  A gift is something that has been given freely to another, such as a donation, scholarship, or grant.  Righteousness means right-standing; uprightness; or blamelessness.  Righteousness is a gift from God because those who have accepted Christ as their Savior have been justified by the work of Jesus Christ:  His sinless life; suffering and death; and resurrection from the dead.

So, since we are in right standing with God, there’s nothing that can come between us and Him.  And there’s no way to improve our righteousness with the Lord because it’s perfect right now—thanks to Jesus!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.  (Rom 5:8-10)

But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Rom 5:20b; 21)

The blood of Jesus washed away our sins.  (Rev 1:5)  We are new creatures.  (2 Cor 5:17)  We’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21).

God wants us to reign in life over ourselves, over sin, over death, and over every harmful, destructive thing. Before we can reign together with God over the nations and over the earth, we first need to reign in life today over sin and death (Rom. 5:17, 21).  Jesus has promised that He will be with us, and we know that Jesus has already obtained our victory!  Hallelujah!