I Brought the Scars With Me: Touching the Feeling of Your Infirmities With My Scars

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters seven through ten of this New Testament book. When you take the time to truly read through the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews you will encounter and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that it begins and opens with the title and name of God. It’s actually quite intriguing to think about and consider the awesome and powerful fact that here we have an epistle which was written by an unknown author which was written unto the Hebrews, and when beginning the epistle the author chooses to begin with the title and name of God. It’s almost as if the author of this particular epistles sought to bring their readers and their audience face to face—not only with God, but also their perception and view of God. What makes this reality even more intriguing and astonishing is when you think about and consider the fact that if you transition to the eleventh chapter of this same epistle you will find the author emphatically declaring that “faith is the substance of things hoped for” and “the evidence of things not seen.” What’s more, is that as you continue reading within the eleventh chapter you will find the author of the epistle going on to write that it is through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Only a few short verses later the author of this epistle emphatically declares that without faith it is impossible to please God—and not only this, but the author goes on to write how he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Thus, within the opening verse of the first chapter of this epistle we are brought face to face with the title and name of God—and not only with the title and name of God, but also with the unbelievable truth that God has spoken in divers manners and at sundry times unto the Hebrew fathers by the prophets. What’s more, is that the living and eternal God continued to speak in the Last Days, yet would speak directly through the person of His eternal and only begotten Son who would indeed be the Word which was made flesh and dwelt among us.

            In the first and opening verse of the first chapter of this epistle we find the author writing concerning God speaking in times past, and how God has continued to speak in these Last Days by and through His only begotten Son. Perhaps one of the greatest things we can do—and not only do, but also believe—is that God has spoken in times past, and that God has continued to speak by and through His eternal and only begotten Son. Directly linked and connected to this reality is the awesome reality that in the opening chapter we are brought face to face with God speaking, while in the eleventh chapter we are brought face to with the fact that God is—and not only that God is, but also that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Moreover, we are brought face to face with the fact that it is through faith we understand how that the worlds were famed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. We must needs recognize and understand this absolutely incredible and wonderful truth, for it brings us face to face with two of the greatest truths we can hold to within our heart—namely, that God is, and that God speaks. Pause for a moment and ask yourself whether or not you truly believe those two statements and those two realities within your heart and within your life. When was the last time you actually stopped to acknowledge—not only that God is, but also that God has spoken and God continues to speak. God spoke in times past unto the fathers through the prophets at divers times and at sundry times, and yet God did not stop speaking. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that God has continued speaking in these Last Days, and that He has spoken unto us in these Last Days by and through His only begotten Son.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering this absolutely wonderful truth and reality concerning God speaking, and how while it was indeed true that God spoke unto the fathers in times past by and through the prophets, He has spoken in an entirely new and different way in these Last Days. In these Last Days the Father would not speak unto us the same way He had previously spoken unto the fathers, for the eternal Father would now speak unto us by and through His Son. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for there almost appears to be this progression of the word and voice of God speaking in the earth, for when the Father would in times past speak by and through the prophets, He would in these Last Days speak unto us by and through His eternal and only begotten Son. The eternal and living God would send and release the Word into the earth, and yet it would not be something that was not tangible, nor something that was merely left to hear at the mouths of the prophets. The living and eternal God would send His Word which would become and take on the form of human flesh, and would dwell among us. For thirty years the Word which was in the beginning with God, and the Word which in the beginning was God would dwell among us in obscurity as He would live and dwell among those who lived in the town of Nazareth. For thirty years the Word which was made flesh would dwell among us, yet it would not dwell among us in its full manifestation, nor in the way it was sent into the earth to actually fulfill and accomplish. The Word made flesh and which would dwell among us would indeed dwell in the bodily form of human flesh, yet before it would be manifested publicly before and in the sight of all those which were present in the midst of Judaea, Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Samaria, Tyre and Sidon, and other places Jesus went it would be present among us in obscurity without us even recognizing and understanding that the Word was even present among us.

            For thirty years the Word which was made flesh and which would dwell among us would indeed be present among us and we had absolutely no clue or idea that what was present among us was the very Word and voice of God in bodily form. Thirty years would pass with Jesus living and dwelling in the city of Nazareth, and for thirty years the Word would be present among us without our even recognizing and understanding that the Word of God could even have a physical and bodily form. Stop for a moment and think about the incredibly powerful truth that not only would the Word become flesh and dwell among us, but the Word could actually take on a form that would allow it to dwell among us. The Word which would come down from heaven, and the Word which would come forth into the earth would be present among us with the form of physical flesh, which would indeed allow the Word to dwell among us. There would be thirty years when the Word which was made flesh would dwell among us without our even knowing and being aware of it, and there would be three and a half years when that Word which was made flesh would be manifested unto and manifested among us. This is actually quite astounding when you think about it, for there are times when the Word of God can indeed be present among us in obscurity without our even recognizing and being aware of it, and there are times when the Word of God can be present among us in manifestation and power. It is actually quite remarkable and astonishing to think about and consider the fact that out of the thirty-three years the Word which was made flesh would dwell among us there would only be three years that Word would be manifested unto and among us. There would only be three of thirty-three years the Word dwelt among us where the Word would actually be manifested publicly, openly, and with power and might. The other thirty years the Word would simply dwell and move among us without us even recognizing and understanding the presence of the Word was even among us. Consider the fact that those in Nazareth had spent thirty years with Jesus and perceived Him to be the son of Mary and Joseph, and they had absolutely no idea that the Word of God was dwelling among them in the physical form of human flesh.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the absolutely powerful truth that the Word of God can indeed dwell and be present among us, and yet it is among us—not in power, not in might, not in manifestation, nor in demonstration, but rather in obscurity. It’s truly something worth thinking about and considering when you take the time to focus on the reality that the Word which would take on the form of human flesh would and could dwell among those in the town of Nazareth, and they would become familiar with the Word which was made flesh, and yet for thirty years they had absolutely no idea that this One who was among them—that One whom they interacted with and handled was the divine and eternal Word of God which was made flesh. What is so incredibly powerful about this is when you think about the fact that the Word which was made flesh would be present unto and among those in Nazareth as He would simply live life among them and as they themselves lived. For thirty years the Word which was made flesh would dwell among those in Nazareth and would simply do life as they did life, and would engage in life exactly as they themselves had engaged in life. It would be until thirty years had passed when the Word which was made flesh and which dwelt among those in Nazareth would come forth from Galilee and would emerge from the waters of baptism to the heavens opening, to the Spirit of the Lord descending upon Him in the bodily form of a dove, and the voice of the Father emphatically declaring that this was His beloved Son in whom He was well pleased. For thirty years there was absolutely no one—save Mary the mother of Jesus, and Joseph who was supposed to be his father—who truly understood and knew who He truly was. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mary the mother of Jesus knew exactly who He was, and knew exactly what He had come to the earth to fulfill and accomplish, and yet those in Nazareth had absolutely no idea that the One which lived and dwelt among them was the Word made flesh.

            The more I read the words which are found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews the more I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that if there was one apostle or one author who could have written it—it would most likely be the apostle John. If you read the New Testament gospel narrative you will find the account of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ being described in direct connection to the Jewish feasts which would be celebrated within the city of Jerusalem. What’s more, is that when you read the words which are found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John you will find that much of the public ministry of the Lord Jesus the Christ would center around and center upon the Jewish Temple which would stand in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. You cannot read the gospel narrative written by the apostle John and not encounter and come face to face with the overwhelming realization that the entire account of the public life and ministry of Jesus would be centered around three distinct realities among the Jews—the feasts which the Jews would celebrate, the Temple which stood in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and the city of Jerusalem itself. It is absolutely impossible to read the gospel narrative written by the apostle John and not encounter and come face to face with this absolutely wonderful reality that Jesus’ public ministry—at least from the vantage point of the apostle John—would be centered upon the Jewish feasts which would be celebrated by the Jews in the midst of the city of Jerusalem. What’s more, is that the apostle John begins and opens this gospel narrative with the tremendous and powerful truth that the Word was in the beginning, that the word was in the beginning with God, and that the Word was in the beginning God. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this, for the entire gospel narrative written by the apostle John was designed and intended to bring his audience and his readers into the place where they recognized and understood the Word which was made flesh and dwelt among them was indeed the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father.

The apostle John chose to begin His narrative concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with the declaration that He was the eternal Word which in the beginning was with God and which in the beginning was God. What makes this all the more captivating is when you think about and consider the unbelievable truth that the Word which was in the beginning with God, and the Word which in the beginning was God would actually become and take on the form of human flesh and dwell among us. The Word which was in the beginning and the Word which was in eternity past would actually take on the form of human flesh and would dwell among us. Oh how absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider the tremendous reality truth that the Word which was in and from eternity past would take on the form of human flesh that He might actually dwell among us. For thirty years the Word would dwell among us in silence and obscurity before the Word would be manifested unto and among us with power and might. Stop and consider that awesome truth, for it reveals something quite unique about the Word of God within our lives—namely, that the Word of God can indeed be present within our lives in silence and obscurity, and without our even being aware of its presence. For thirty years the people of Nazareth and the people in Galilee would have the eternal and living Word of God present among them in their midst, and yet for thirty years the Word would be silent and would not be known, nor would be made public in their midst. For thirty years the Word which was made flesh would dwell among those in Galilee—and specifically those in Nazareth—and the Word would be entirely and altogether silent. Oh this isn’t to say that the Word did not speak with nor interact with those in Nazareth, but that the Word would not be revealed and manifested as the divine and eternal Word of the living God. For thirty years the Word of God would be present unto and among those in the Nazareth in absolute and utter silence before the appointed time would come when the Word would and could be publicly revealed and manifested in the midst of the earth and would actually begin to accomplish that which it was sent to do.

As I read the opening chapters of the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews I cannot help but be absolutely gripped and captivated with the fact that God had in times past spoken unto the fathers by and through His servants the prophets, and did so at sundry times and in divers manners. In the Last Days, however, the living and eternal God would speak unto us by and through His Son. It would be in these Last Days the living and eternal God would speak unto us by and through His Son—the eternal and only begotten Son which was the Word made flesh and which would dwell among us. If you want to truly understand the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews you must not only recognize and understand that it centers upon God, but also how it centers upon our access to the living God by and through the person of Jesus Christ. The more you read the words which are found within this epistle the more you will not only come to understand that God has spoken us in these Last Days by and through His Son, but it is also by and through the eternal and only begotten Son that we can have access to and fellowship with the eternal Father. The entire New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews is a powerful treatise that centers upon the awesome truth that God has indeed spoken unto us by and through His Son—and not only has God spoken unto us by and through His Son, but God has also granted us access unto Him by and through His Son. The epistle written unto the Hebrews is a wonderful picture of how God would indeed and would in fact speak unto us by and through His Son, but it is also a wonderful picture of that which Jesus the Christ did. Upon reading the words which are found within this epistle you will come to see and understand an entirely different perspective concerning Jesus—namely, that Jesus was more than just the Word which was made flesh and dwelt among us, but that He was also the Son of the Father, as well as the great High Priest.

I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found within the epistle written unto the Hebrews and I am brought face to face with the incredible truth that this epistle centers around and centers upon God speaking unto us by and through His Son—and not only speaking unto us by and through His Son, but also in revealing and making Himself known unto us through the person of His Son. This would be a central motif and theme found within the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John in the account He wrote concerning the life and ministry of Jesus, for the apostle John would be that gospel author who would write and speak concerning the Son and how He was indeed the physical manifestation of the living and eternal God and Father. Within and throughout the gospel narrative written by the apostle John you will find him writing and presenting Jesus as the physical embodiment and representation of the living and eternal God and Father within and upon the earth. Throughout the gospel narrative written by John you will encounter the wonderful reality that through the person of Jesus—not only do we see and find the Word which was made flesh and dwelling among us, but you will also find the Word made flesh literally being the embodiment and representation of the living God. In fact, it would be within this gospel narrative we find Jesus emphatically declaring unto His disciples that if they had seen Him they had seen the Father. Oh how absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to read the words found in the gospel narrative written by the apostle John, for it is within this gospel narrative we are brought face to face with the undeniable truth that Jesus was indeed the Word made flesh which dwelt among us—and as that Word the voice of the Father would be heard among us—however, I am also convinced that we must also recognize and understand Jesus as not only being the voice of the Father in the midst of the earth, but also the image of the Father in the earth. Through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ we would see the eternal Father, for it would be Jesus Himself who would declare that those who saw Him would see the Father, and that no man could see or know the Father without and apart from Him. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the first and second chapters of this epistle written unto the Hebrews:

…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shal be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels, he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish: but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:2-14).

For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands. Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold, I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels, but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:5-18).

THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS GLORY! THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON! THOU ART MY SON! BUT WE SEE JESUS! MADE A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS FOR THE SUFFERING OF DEATH! CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOUR! FOR WHOM ARE ALL THINGS! BY WOM ARE ALL THINGS! CAPTAIN OF THEIR SALVATION! PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERINGS! HE HIMSELF TOOK PART OF THE SAME! TOOK ON HIM THE SEED OF ABRAHAM! MADE LIKE UNTO HIS BRETHREN! A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST! As you continue reading the words which are found within the epistle written unto the Hebrews you will encounter and come face to face with an incredibly wonderful and powerful portrait of Jesus—one that is entirely and altogether different from any of the other epistles and gospel narratives found within the New Testament. The author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews begins their portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ as the manifestation of the voice and word of God—and not only as the manifestation of the voice and word of God, but also as the representation of the living and eternal God. You cannot read the words which are found in the opening chapter of this New Testament epistle and not encounter and come to terms with the truth that Jesus is the voice and word of the eternal and living God in the midst of the earth, but you will also find that Jesus is the express image of the person of God and the brightness of His glory. This description of Jesus would indeed be found in the New Testament gospel narrative written by the apostle John, for the apostle John would describe Jesus as “the Word made flesh which dwelt among us” and how we beheld His glory as of the glory of the only begotten of the Father. Moreover, you will find the apostle Paul recording Jesus speaking unto himself and the other disciples concerning the truth that if they saw Him they had seen the Father. Oh there were plenty of times within and throughout the public life and ministry of Jesus the Christ when He would declare unto His disciples and to others that those who saw Him had seen the Father, and it would be Jesus who would reveal and make known unto them the truth and reality of the eternal Father. It would be Jesus the Christ who would be the image of the invisible God which the apostle Paul would speak about when writing unto the saints which were at Colossae, for the apostle Paul would declare that in Jesus dwelt all the fulness of Godhead bodily.

Oh the more we read and consider the words which are found in the New Testament epistle which was written unto the Hebrews the more we must needs recognize and understand that the words found and contained therein not only paint a beautiful picture of Jesus as the voice and Word of the Father, but also of Jesus as the express image and manifestation of the Father Himself. In other words—as you read the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews you will be brought face to face with the fact that although Jesus did indeed take upon Himself the seed of Abraham and the form of human flesh, He was still the express image of the invisible God. Those who would look upon and behold Jesus—even beholding Jesus in the flesh—would see the Father who was in heaven, for Jesus would reveal and make known the Father unto those whom He would speak unto and encounter. Oh how absolutely wonderful and powerful it is to think about and consider just how truly wonderful and captivating this is, for when and as you read the words found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews you will find the author beginning with Christ as the Word which was made flesh and dwelt among us, and how as the Word which was made flesh Jesus would reveal and make known unto us the Father. In the flesh Jesus would not only be the embodiment of the very Word of God in the flesh, but He would also be the very embodiment of the living and eternal God. Pause for a moment and think of how truly amazing this is—that in the person of Jesus the Christ in the form of human and physical flesh we find the fulness of God in bodily form, as well as the voice and Word of God in bodily form. It would be in the physical person of Jesus Christ we not only find the voice of God, but also the person of God dwelling in bodily form. It would be in and through the person of Jesus the Christ the word of God and the person of God would be married together within a physical form of human flesh. Oh pause and think about that awesome reality, for if and when you do truly think about it you will be brought face to face with just how absolutely incredible it is to think that in the physical form and person of the flesh Jesus took on Him the word, the nature and person of the Godhead would dwell in its entirety.

I sit here tonight thinking about and considering the words which are found within the epistle written unto the Hebrews and I can’t help but encounter and come to terms with the fact that Jesus would indeed take upon Him the seed of Abraham, and the seed of the woman that in Him the Word and voice of God, as well as the divine nature of the living God might live and dwell among us within and upon the earth. It is truly something worth thinking about and considering when thinking about the person of Jesus, and how in the physical person of Jesus the Christ we find the image, the likeness and nature of the living God. It is important that we understand this, for when Jesus came unto this earth He was made a little lower than the angels and took on Him the seed of Abraham and of the woman that in the flesh He might fully accomplish that which the eternal Father desired, ordained and appointed for and unto Him. The author which wrote the epistle unto the Hebrews presented us with the foundation that Jesus was the voice of the word of God speaking unto us, and was the image of God among us, and it was upon that foundation the author would then continue to paint an even greater and even more powerful and pointed picture and portrait concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. The author which wrote the epistle written unto the Hebrews made it very clear that Jesus was indeed the express image of the eternal Father, and that He was indeed exactly what the Father had declared concerning Him—namely, that He was the only begotten Son of the Father in whom He was well pleased. Oh we must needs understand this, for if we cannot understand Jesus as the living Word which was made flesh and dwelt among us, and if we can’t understand the Father speaking unto us by and through the Son, and if we can’t understand Jesus as the express image of the eternal Father in the flesh then we cannot truly understand just what He did while in that physical form. Oh as the Word which was made flesh Jesus did and accomplished so much more than what we even realize—and not only accomplished more in the flesh, but He also continues to work, and continues to fulfill and accomplish a work at the right hand of the Father.

In the opening chapter of the epistle written unto the Hebrews we are brought face to face with Jesus who was the voice, the sound and the Word of God spoken unto us in the physical form of flesh, and we find that Jesus was the express image of the invisible God. It would be through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ that we find the divine nature, character and image of the living God being manifested unto and among us within the earth. What we must needs recognize and understand, however, is that after Jesus fulfilled and accomplished in the flesh that which the eternal Father had ordained and appointed for Him He would ascend unto the right hand of the Father. As surely and as much as the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote concerning the Lord Jesus Christ that He was the express image of the Father in the midst of the earth, they also presented us with the truth and reality that Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father, and would be there at the right hand of the Father until the appointed time comes when the eternal Father would send the Son back to the earth to catch up and gather together the saints of God—both those which were dead in Christ, as well as those which were alive and remained upon the earth. What we must needs realize and recognize concerning Jesus the Christ is that there was indeed a work which He fulfilled and accomplished in the midst of the earth in the form of physical flesh, however, there was a great work that would still be done after He ascended unto the right hand of the Father who was in heaven. Although Jesus would indeed sit at the right hand of the Father, He would sit down at the right hand of Father as a great high priest. Oh if there is one thing I absolutely love about the epistle written unto the Hebrews it’s that the author would present us with an incredibly beautiful portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven at the right hand of the Father who was in heaven. What’s more, is that the author of this epistle sought to bring us face to face with the absolutely astonishing truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, and that at the right hand of the Father—although He is indeed in a place of authority and power, He is also in a place of intercession, compassion and ministry.

We would like to think—and there are those who even preach—that when Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father which was in haven that He fulfilled everything that was ordained and appointed for Him. There are those who would preach concerning the Lord Jesus Christ that in the flesh He fulfilled and accomplished everything the eternal God had ordained and appointed unto and for Him. The truth of the matter is that although Jesus would indeed cry out from the cross and declare that it was finished, and when He ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven He would sit down. With this being said, however, it is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand that even there in that place of authority, dominion and power Jesus sits as a faithful and merciful high priest—as one who is able to succour, strengthen, support, encourage, and intercede for us. It would be there at the right hand of the Father who is in heaven Jesus the Christ would indeed and would in fact serve as Son over the house of God—and not only as Son over the house of God, but also as a faithful high priest. In the gospel narrative written by the apostle John we find Jesus directly linked to the Jewish feasts which were celebrated in the midst of the city of Jerusalem, and it would be in the gospel narrative written by the apostle John we find Jesus as the Lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world, and as the Son which the Father gave that whosoever would believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting and eternal life. It is when and as we come to the epistle written unto the Hebrews we find a tremendously different picture and portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ—namely, how Jesus the Christ is indeed a faithful high priest who is at the right hand of the Father in heaven making intercession for us. Oh if we are to truly understand the picture and portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of heaven we must needs understand and acknowledge that He is a faithful high priest who has ministered in the Temple of God in heaven. Not only this, but as a faithful and merciful high priest Jesus the Christ is able to strengthen, support, encourage, succour, empathize and sympathize with we who are alive and present within and upon the earth.

I read the words which are found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews and I can’t help but not only encounter and come face to face with the awesome and powerful truth of Jesus as the faithful high priest, but also as the perfect fulfillment of everything the earthly tabernacle and Temple pointed to. The author which wrote the epistle unto the Hebrews not only pointed to Jesus as the perfect fulfillment of the Old Covenant, and not only as the perfect fulfillment of the tabernacle and the Temple, but they also pointed to the Lord Jesus Christ as being so much better than that which was found in the Old Testament and in the Old Covenant. It would be in the Old Testament and under the Old Covenant we find priests and Levites who would minister within the tabernacle and within the Temple, and even the high priest who would enter into the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for the sins of himself, as well as for the sins of the nation. What we find in the epistle which was written unto the Hebrews is a wonderful portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ as the mediator of the New Covenant—the New Covenant which was in His blood. It would be Jesus the Christ who would mediate the New Covenant from the right hand of the Father, for that New Covenant would be made and found within His blood. Jesus would indeed ascend unto the right hand of the Father which was in heaven, and the epistle written unto the Hebrews reveals and points unto the awesome truth that Jesus would enter into the Holy of Holies in the Temple of God in heaven that He might once and for all make atonement for those who put their trust, their faith, their hope, and their confidence in Him. Oh I have to admit that I absolutely love what is written and found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews, for the words which we find in the epistle written unto the Hebrews brings us face to face with the fact that Jesus was indeed and is in fact a faithful and merciful high priest—and not a high priest after the order of Aaron and the Levitical priesthood, but rather a priest after the order of Melchizedek. In fact, it is as early as the second chapter of this New Testament epistle we are brought face to face with the fact that Jesus was indeed and is in fact a faithful high priest who is seated at the right hand of the Father. Oh consider if you will the awesome truth concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, and how He is indeed a faithful high priest who is seated at the right hand of the Father and in a place where He is able to make intercession for us after having made atonement:

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).

MADE ILKE UNTO HIS BRETHREN! THAT HE MIGHT BE A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST IN THINGS PERTAINING TO GOD! TO MAKE RECONCILIATION FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE! HE HIMSELF SUFFERED BEING TEMPTED, HE IS ABLE TO SUCCOUR THEM THAT ARE TEMPTED! It is in the final verses of the second chapter we begin to see a truly beautiful and captivating picture and portrait emerging concerning the Lord Jesus Christ—namely, that while He is indeed the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, He is also a faithful and merciful high priest. As you come to the third chapter you find the author continuing to build upon the reality of Jesus the Christ as a high priest, for the author writes how we who are brethren and we who are partakers of the heavenly calling must needs consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession—namely, Jesus the Christ. The author would go on to write concerning Jesus—this faithful Apostle and High Priest of our profession—how he was faithful to Him that appointed Him as Moses was faithful in all his house, for he was counted worthy of more glory than Moses. The author which wrote the epistle unto the Hebrews would indeed write concerning Jesus the Christ how He was a Son over His own house—that house which we belong to and are a part of it we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. It is in the final verses of the second chapter we find the author of this epistle writing concerning Christ that He is a faithful and merciful high priest, for in that He Himself suffered being tempted, He is able to succour those who are tempted, and those who have been tempted. Oh we must needs recognize and pay close attention to this, for when you come to the final verses of the fourth chapter you will find the author of this epistle going on to further write concerning Jesus being our faithful and merciful high priest. In fact, I would dare say that the words which are found here are some of the most wonderful and powerful words concerning Jesus as the faithful high priest in Scripture. It is beginning with and from the fourteenth verse you find the following words written by this New Testament author:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).

It is within these verses we find the author of this epistle going on to write how we have a great high priest which is and which has passed into the heavens—this great high priest which is Jesus the Son of God. What’s more, is the author which wrote this epistle unto the Hebrews would go on to write how we do not have a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, and yet was without sin. OH it is absolutely necessary and imperative that we pay close and careful attention to this, for it brings us face to face with a better and proper understanding concerning the Lord Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father—namely, that while He was upon the earth in the form of human flesh He suffered and was tempted in all points as we are. It is because He suffered, and because He was tempted in all  points as we are that He is able to succour and faithfully intercede for us who are alive and are present within and upon the earth. The author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews would declare that this faithful and merciful High priest could indeed be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and although He could not feel the physical pain we might feel within this earth, He can indeed be touched with the feeling of our infirmity. Although suffering and pain can never touch, nor be felt by the Lord Jesus the Christ, He can indeed still be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. Even at the right hand of the Father Jesus allows Himself to be touched with and by the feeling of our infirmities, and it is in that place of being touched with and by the feeling of our infirmities that He is able to succour, strengthen, support, and uphold us. It is in that place of being touched with and by the feeling of our infirmities that Jesus is able to be a faithful and merciful high priest who is able to make intercession for us. Having already made atonement and reconciliation for us by and through His blood He now lives—and ever lives—to make intercession for us before and in the presence of the Father and all His holy angels. Because Jesus was tempted in all ways as we are, and because Jesus suffered in all points as we do He is able to be a merciful and faithful high priest—one who is able to truly strengthen and uphold us. Consider if you will the following words which are found in the fifth chapter of this epistle beginning to read with and from the first and opening verse:

For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sin: who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 5:1-10).

IN THE DAYS OF HIS FLESH OFFERED UP PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATIONS WITH STRONG CRYING AND TEARS UNTO HIIM THAT WAS ABLE TO SAVE HIM FROM DEATH! AND WAS HEARD IN THAT HE FEARED! THOUGH HE WERE A SON, YET LEARNED HE OBEDIENCE BY THE THINGS WHICH HE SUFFERED! “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the hholy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:11-14).

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a Testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is if no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of boats, with water, an scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all tings are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; for then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself; and as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of man; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation” (Hebrews 9:15-28).

The more I read and the more I consider the words which are found within these chapters which are found in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews the more I am brought face to face with the awesome and incredible truth that while the author does in fact speak of Jesus as the eternal and only begotten Son, and while the author does in fact speak of Christ as having come in the form of human flesh that He might through death destroy he who had the power of death—that is, the devil—there is something all the more captivating found within this epistle concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot read the words which are found within the epistle written unto the Hebrews and not encounter and come face to face with the incredibly powerful truth that the single greatest title, the single greatest office, and the single greatest role Jesus Christ fulfilled—and this after He through the eternal Spirit had offered Himself blameless unto God as the sacrifice for our sins—is that of being the high priest of God. If there is one thing we must needs recognize and understand, it’s that Jesus was and is indeed the eternal sacrifice which was offered upon the altar of the cross for the sins of many, however, in Christ—not only has the sacrifice also become the priest, but the priest has also become the sacrifice. What’s more, is that the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews seems to point to and suggest that it precisely because Jesus came in the flesh and dwelt among us that He is able to be a faithful and merciful high priest. It was the tremendous truth and fact that Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice unto God holy and blameless that enables him to be the propitiation and offering for our sins and to make reconciliation before and unto the holy God for us, however, it was because Jesus came in the flesh—and not just because He came in the flesh, but because He came in the flesh and suffered in all points as we are that enables Him to be our faithful and merciful high priest. It was because Jesus came in the physical form of human flesh and was in all points tempted as we are that He is able to—at the right hand of the Father—to be our faithful and merciful priest. Oh it is something truly astonishing and remarkable when you think about and consider the words found within this epistle, for while this particular epistle presents us with the reality that the Son is the sacrifice and the sacrifice is the Son—we are also brought face to face with the awesome and powerful fact that Jesus is indeed our faithful and merciful High Priest.

As the faithful and merciful high priest Jesus entered into the Temple and building made without human hands—not with the blood of bulls and the blood of goats, but with His own blood which He shed upon the cross—and made atonement for our sins that we might experience reconciliation before and in the presence of the living and holy God. What’s more, is that after Jesus made reconciliation for our sins that there might be atonement for our sins and that we might have access unto the Father, Jesus would sit down at the right hand of the Father and continue to advocate for us. The way to fellowship and relationship had already been made by and through His sacrifice, and as the faithful and merciful high priest He made atonement once and for all in the sight and presence of the living and holy God for our sins. With that being said, however, we must needs recognize and understand that as our faithful and merciful high priest, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father advocating and making intercession for us in His holy presence. It is there at the right hand of the Father Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us in the presence of the Father as our faithful and merciful High Priest who was in all ways tempted as we are, and yet was without sin. Oh it is truly and utterly fascinating to think about and consider the wonderful truth that Jesus the Christ is not only our faithful and merciful High Priest in that He made atonement for us in the Temple made without hands, but as our faithful and merciful high priest He also ever lives to make intercession for us. What’s more, is that it is because this faithful and merciful high priest came in the flesh and suffered and was tempted in all ways as we are that He is able to be touched with the feeling of our infirmities. Oh it is truly astonishing and captivating to think about and consider the fact that what enabled Jesus to be the sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God was that He came in the form of human flesh and was without spot or wrinkle—blameless before and in the sight of God—and it was because Jesus came in the flesh that He was and is able to be the faithful and merciful high priest for us in the presence of the heavenly Father there in heaven.

It is truly something worth recognizing and paying close attention to when reading the words which are found in the epistle written unto the Hebrews, for the words which we find within this epistle brings us face to face with the awesome and powerful truth that because Jesus came in the form of human flesh, because Jesus dwelt among us, and because Jesus suffered and was tempted in all things like as we are that He is able to be our faithful and merciful high priest. Having been our High Priest who made atonement for our sins by offering His blood in the Holy of Holies in heaven which was made without hands, He is now able to be our High Priest in an entirely new and different way altogether, for He is a faithful and merciful high priest who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and how ever lives to make intercession for us. Oh as the faithful high priest Jesus made atonement once and for all for our sins, however, we must needs recognize and understand that having made atonement for our sins Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us in His holy presence. It’s important to realize and recognize that after Jesus emerged and rose from the grave He not only emerged with the scars of His suffering, but He also showed those scars unto His disciples in the upper room. In fact, not only did Jesus show those scars unto His disciples after He revealed Himself unto them, but He also invited Thomas to put His fingers in the print where the nails were, and to put his hand in His side where the spear was thrust. Oh we would like to think that when Jesus emerged from the grave and rose from the dead that He left the graveclothes, as well as the scars behind; and yet the truth of the matter is that when Jesus rose from the dead and when Jesus rose from the grave He emerged with the scars of His suffering. When Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven, and when He entered into the Holy of Holies which was made without human hands—not only did He enter with the blood of His sacrifice, but Jesus also entered bearing the scars of His suffering in the flesh here upon the earth. In fact, there is not a doubt in my mind that even now Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father showing the scars of His suffering in a place of intercession before and unto the Father.

SHOWING THE SCARS UNTO THE FATHER! SHOWING THE SCARS IN A PLACE OF INTERCESSION! SHOWING THE SCARS AS THE FAITHFUL AND MERCIFUL HIGH PRIEST! Oh I sit here today thinking about and considering the awesome and incredible truth of Jesus having risen from the grave, and having ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven, for when Jesus ascended unto the right hand of the Father in heaven, He did in fact carry the scars of His suffering with Him. In fact, I would dare say that part of the intercession He ever lives to make for us is indeed the presentation and the showing of those scars unto and in the presence of the living God. There is not a doubt in my mind that the Lord Jesus Christ continues to show those scars unto His Father which is seated upon the throne in heaven. WHEN THE PRIEST ASCENDS TO THE PLACE OF THE THRONE! This is quite remarkable and astonishing when you take the time to think about it, for in the Old Testament the priests never ascended unto the place of the throne in Jerusalem after having made sacrifice and atonement for sins, however, when we speak of this Jesus who is our faithful and merciful high priest we find Him not only ascending unto the place of the throne, but also having been seated at the right hand of the Father. Oh how truly wonderful and amazing it is to think about and consider the fact that seated there at the right hand of the Father which is in heaven Jesus makes intercession—not only showing His scars, but also remembering His time in the flesh, and His time suffering in the flesh, and even His time being tempted in the flesh. Even now as Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father which is in heaven Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us because He did indeed and did in fact come in the flesh. It was because Jesus came in the flesh that He was able to not only suffer in the flesh, but also be tempted in the flesh—and be tempted in all ways as we are.

I sit here today writing these words and I am absolutely and wonderfully blown away by and with the truth surrounding Jesus the Christ as the faithful and merciful high priest who is seated at the right hand of God in heaven, for it is as this faithful and merciful high priest Jesus is able to strengthen and support all those who are tempted, and all those who are suffering. Although Jesus cannot feel the suffering itself, and although Jesus can no longer feel the physical pain of suffering here upon the earth, He can indeed be touched with and by the feeling of our infirmities, and with and by the feeling of our sufferings, and with and by the feeling of our trial(s) and tribulation(s). We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of just how absolutely wonderful and incredible this truly is when you take the time to think about it, for there is something truly powerful and captivating about Jesus rising from the dead, emerging from the grave, and ascending unto the right hand of the Father with the scars of His suffering. It was those scars which He used in the company and presence of His disciples to show and demonstrate that He was indeed and was in fact alive, however, it was those scars which—in the presence of the living and holy God—would enable Him to be the faithful and merciful high priest. I REMEMBER MY SUFFERING! I REMEMBER THE NAILS! I REMEMBER THE SPEAR! I REMEMBER THE PAIN! I REMEMBER THE AGONY! I REMEMBER THE CROWN OF THORNS! I REMEMBER THE SCOURGING! Oh I can’t help but wonder if in addition to Jesus rising from the grave and ascending unto the right hand of the Father with the scars of His suffering, He also ascended unto the right hand of the Father with the marks of the scourging He experienced at the hands of the Romans, as well as the marks of the crown of thorns which was placed upon His head. How absolutely astonishing and remarkable it is to think about the fact that Jesus could indeed and could in fact—not only have the scars and prints of His suffering in the palms of His hands, in His feet, and in His side, but also the scars of the scourging, and the scars of the crown of thorn that was placed upon His brow by the Romans who mocked, scorned and ridiculed Him.

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I am absolutely and incredibly captivated with and by the fact that Jesus is indeed our faithful and merciful High Priest, and is seated at the right hand of the Father with the scars of His suffering after having made atonement for us with and by the blood which He brought into the Holy of Holies in the building made without human hands. Having made atonement and propitiation for our sins once and for all Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father needing never to suffer again, and it is from that place at the right hand of the Father in heaven He ever lives to make intercession for us in His presence. It is because Jesus came in the form of human and physical flesh, and because Jesus suffered in the flesh, and it is because Jesus was tempted in the flesh as we are that He is able to make intercession for us and advocate for us in the presence of the Father, and in the heavenly court. Oh it is indeed true that there is an accuser of the brethren who accuses the saints of God night and day, however, it is also true that there is an advocate in the throne room and in the court of heaven who ever lives to make intercession for us. Here on the earth we have an Advocate and Comforter in the person of the Holy Spirit, however, there is also an Advocate in the court of heaven in the person of Jesus the Christ. OH how absolutely incredible and wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that not only do we have an Advocate here upon the earth in the person of the Holy Spirit, but we also have an Advocate in the court of heaven in the person of Jesus Christ. What’s more, is that these two persons work in direct connection and relationship with each other, for the eternal Spirit which is upon the earth and is our Comforter is indeed the very Spirit of Christ. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this incredibly awesome and powerful truth, for it is something we must needs recognize and understand when thinking about our faithful and merciful High Priest, for it is this High Priest who is also our advocate in the sight and presence of the eternal Father.

Oh how truly wonderful, astonishing and powerful it is to think about and consider the fact that at the right hand of the Father we have a faithful and merciful High Priest who—after He had made atonement for our sins and reconciled us unto the living and eternal Father by and through His blood—now lives to make intercession for us in the sight and presence of the living God. It is there in the sight and presence of the living and eternal God that Jesus as our faithful and merciful High Priest is making intercession for us. It is there in the presence of the eternal Father Jesus lives to make intercession for us in the presence of the Father according to the suffering and temptation He experienced in the form of physical and human flesh. There at the right hand of the Father in heaven Jesus makes intercession for us, and I am absolutely convinced that part of His intercession is the showing and revelation of the scars of His suffering. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus deliberately and intentionally chose to carry the scars of His suffering, and to ascend unto the right hand of the Father with those scars that He might show an demonstrate them before and in the sight of the living and eternal God—this is until the end of all things comes and there is no longer intercession that is needed. Would it shock and surprise that this intercession is only in place for as long as we are present in the flesh here upon the earth, and that there is coming a point in time when this intercession is and will no longer be necessary? We know that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us in the flesh having been seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven now, but there is coming a day when He will wipe away every tear, and when all those who have believed upon Him, and all those who have been justified by faith in the sight and presence of the living and holy God can and will be in the presence of God for all eternity. There is coming a point when this intercession will no longer be needed, for we will no longer be in this flesh, but will be in our incorruptible, in our immortal, and in our spiritual bodies in the presence of the living and holy God. Oh how absolutely incredible it is to think about and consider that even at that time when intercession is no longer needed Jesus will still have the scars of His suffering as a mark of His suffering and that which He experienced in the flesh here upon the earth.

Oh how truly astonishing and wonderful it is to think about the fact that Jesus has indeed made intercession for the saints at the right hand of the Father as the faithful and merciful High Priest, and yet there is coming a point when Jesus will no longer need to make intercession for us, for both the intercession and the atonement will have been brought to a close. I find it absolutely incredible to think about and consider the fact that Jesus did indeed and did in fact make atonement for our sins, and Jesus did indeed and did in fact make reconciliation for us before and in the presence of the living and holy God, and Jesus does indeed ever live to make intercession for us in the sight and presence of the Father, however, there is coming a point when both the atonement and intercession can and will be complete, for we will all be in our spiritual and glorified bodies as we are forever in the sight and presence of the living and holy God. There is coming a point when the intercession(s) of Jesus can and will cease, for there will no longer need to be intercessions made for us in the sight and presence of the living and holy God. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God and to our faithful and merciful High Priest for the knowledge and understanding that there is coming a point in time when Jesus the Christ can and will no longer need to make intercession for us because we ourselves will no longer be in the flesh, but will indeed be in our spiritual bodies in the presence of the living and eternal God, and in the presence of Jesus Christ Himself, and in the presence of the Holy Spirit and the myriads upon myriads of holy angels which are in heaven. Oh how absolutely astonishing and tremendous it is to think about and consider the wonderful and beautiful truth that Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us at the right hand of the Father right now at this very moment, however, there is coming a day when intercessions will no longer need to be made—a day when every tear can and will be wiped away, and when there will be no more sorrow, no more suffering, no more anguish, no more trials, no more tribulation, and no more affliction in the flesh.

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