Day 35: Through the Heavens
“Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess” (Hebrews 4:14).
During the days of the Tabernacle and Temples, when the High Priest made the sacrifice on the Day of Atonement, he took the blood of the sacrifice, walked through the outer court and into the interior of the temple, and then, only on that one day out of the year, the Day of Atonement, he (and only he) could enter the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant resided, the symbol of the Presence of God, and there he would sprinkle the blood of the sacrifice on the Mercy Seat for the sins of the people—himself included.
We are told that the Tabernacle and Temple were merely shadows of the heavenly things, imperfect and temporary symbols of the perfect counterpart in heaven (Heb. 8:5). This is the picture of the heavenly reality we have here in this verse. It was important that Moses follow God’s blueprint exactly because it was to hint at the story of heavenly mysteries which Jesus would one day fulfill for us. For instead of passing through the temple into the Holy of Holies, Jesus has passed through the heavens into the true Holy of Holies, the very Presence of God Himself. Unlike the High Priest who dared not linger in the Holy of Holies, and could not sit because his work was never done, Jesus took a seat at the right hand of the Father on high. He stays there at the Father’s right hand, because there are no more sacrifices required. It is finished (He has finished). His own sacrifice, His own blood was sufficient.
Our verse tells us, that by virtue of what we know about what He has done, we can hold firmly to the faith we profess. Here again we see the importance of considering Jesus, for we cannot have confidence in something we do not firmly believe. If we take the time to examine the Scriptures, allow the Holy Spirit to teach us, and absorb it into our mind and heart, we can have confidence in His finished work. He, the superior High Priest, has completed His work, and sits, exalted by the Father Himself. The work of all the prior high priests was as temporary as they were, but the work of Jesus is permanent, so we can rest in full assurance and hold firm.
• How does your firm persuasion give you the confidence to actually profess your faith? How much of timidity is linked to not knowing or feeling secure in all that Jesus has done?
• With how many of the Old Testament symbols, types of Christ, and heavenly truths are you familiar? Do you have enough grasp of them to share with others? How do they help you feel secure in your own faith?
Lord, what confidence it gives me to know that You have gone through the heavens and into the true Holy of Holies with the sacrifice for my sins. Thank You for giving me the gift of faith, for revealing the truth of the Scriptures to me by Your Holy Spirit, and for how this makes me firm in You.
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries
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