“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus…” Hebrews 3:1
When we consider Jesus, when we think about Him it is good to consider His office as High Priest of our profession. That is, He is the High Priest of our faith. In that role He is our intercessor before God. He is the Advocate for our cause before the throne of God. Like the High Priest of Israel who was charged with entering into the Holy of Holies behind the veil in the Tabernacle of Moses and in the Temple to offer sacrifices for the people once a year on the Day of Atonement, Jesus, our High Priest and the true figure of what the earthly priests were only a model or a type, entered, after His resurrection, once and for all into the Heavenly place and sprinkled His own blood on the Holy Altar of God, purifying all things in Heaven that had been defiled by Lucifer’s transgression and iniquities. [See Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-19; Hebrews 9:11-26]
“And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:11-14
Jesus is not only our High Priest; He is also our Sacrifice Lamb. He is the Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.
To consider Him is to remember that He is both our Savior and our Lord, our Advocate and our Substitutionary Sacrifice, our High Priest and our Brother, our Friend and our Father. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords; He is our life and the length of our days.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.” Deuteronomy 30:19 - 31:1
Life, eternal life, in Christ is a choice. When we make that choice we enter into covenant with God the Creator in such a way that our lives, by the power of the Holy Spirit in us and His Word in our hearts, are transformed to make us like His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, and in becoming like Him we become partakers of His inheritance in Heaven for all time to come.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
When our walk of faith is more focused on ourselves, our circumstances, our day-to-day mundane activities, work, pleasures, the latest “news,” the state of things in the world, we can lose the peace and sense of God’s presence and purpose for our lives to bring us into the fullness, joy and fulfillment of His life for us.
By contrast when we choose to consider Jesus we regain our sense of purpose and the strength to live this life in the power of the Holy Spirit so that what we do, say and think pleases God and brings life and light to those around us.
Our purpose is to bless all and to be blessed that the name of Jesus will be lifted up and God will be glorified.
So, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.