Jesus – Our Great High Priest
...in 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.
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 GOD, remains a priest forever (Heb.5:10; 7:20). Let us not be afraid to draw near; listen, surely He calls! He speaks to you – "See me! See 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 sash (girdle, KJV) round and beneath the chest. What is your cause? What blessings and praises have you to offer for past grace? And what supplications for present and future favours? Behold my vesture (garment) dipped in blood (Rev.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 you as He did with John. He will lay His right hand upon you, and say, "Fear not" (Rev.1:17). And we shall realize how precious our Lord is. He is, indeed, the One Who was dead, and now lives for evermore (Rev.1:17, 18). 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 those soul-reviving words, "Holy Father, keep them through your name which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are?” (John 17:11.) “Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world?” (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). Oh trembling souls! You who have any cause this day to bring before the court of heaven, look unto Jesus, look within the veil, see Jesus there; look steadily, though humbly, and see His hands, His side; your salvation is still etched on His palms. Nay, do we not see, may we not read our very names, as the high priest bore the names of Israel on his breast (see Exodus 28:21), while his hands are lifted up to bless! Yes, Jesus takes up our cause, bears our persons, and all our concerns. How shall either fail, while "he is also able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them”? (Hebrews 7:25; cf. Romans 8:34).
Our High Priest is faithful and true (Rev.3:14; 19:11). He will not refuse to receive us. Come to Him with all your weaknesses and faults. He came to save you and make you whole and eventually take you 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.