“[I]n the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.” – Revelation 1:13.
Let us approach the throne of grace and pause there to behold Jesus as John saw Him, for the church’s joy, in His priestly garments; for remember, He is still a Priest upon His throne, and by the oath of Almighty God, remains a priest forever (Heb.5:10; 7:20).
But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. – Hebrews 7:24, 25.
Let us not be afraid to draw near for surely He calls us, “Come to Me.” He speaks to us – “Look at me! See, I am your intercessor (Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1). For this cause I wear these priestly garments; and as the high priest of old represented Me, I appear in them down to the foot, and the golden band around the chest. What is your cause? What blessings and praises have you to offer for past grace? What supplications for present and future favours? Behold my robe (garment) dipped in blood (Rev.19:13).
“He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” – Revelation 19:13.
“Think of the everlasting efficacy (effectiveness) of My righteousness: and for whom should I make intercession but for transgressors?” Let us fall down with holy reverence and godly fear. Jesus will do with us as He did with John. He will lay His right hand upon us, and say, “Do not be afraid” (Rev.1:17), and we shall realize how precious our Lord is.
And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. – Revelation 1:17, 18.
He is, indeed, the One Who was dead, and now lives forevermore. He lives to see the fruits of the great salvation He ushered in faithfully and fully applied to every one of His redeemed. His priesthood is forever. His intercession unceasing. We shall see our Lord, by faith, even now standing with the blood of the covenant in His hand, and presenting us, poor, wretched, worthless as we are, as one purchased by His blood to the Father.
Do we not hear His voice in these soul-reviving words?
“Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” – John 17:11.
“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.” – John 17:24.
Oh how glorious and gracious is our Almighty High Priest! He is, indeed, “a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 5:6; 7:17). If we have any cause this day to bring before the court of heaven, let us look unto Jesus, within the veil, and see Him there. In humility, let us look steadily through the eyes of faith. And what do we see but His hands, His feet, and His side. We see our salvation still etched on His palms.
“See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands…” – Isaiah 49:16.
Yes, Jesus takes up our cause, bears us, and all our concerns. He will never fail us because we are His.
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1.
Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. – Hebrews 7:25.
Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. – Romans 8:34.
Our High Priest is faithful and true. – Revelation 3:14.
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. – Revelation 19:11.
He will not refuse to receive us. Let us come to Him with all our weaknesses and faults. He came to save us and make us whole and eventually take us to be with Him for ever (John 14:1-3). Since we have such a great high priest, lest us draw near to Him in sincere faith and a clear conscience.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:19-23.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.