Like many, I wake up and think about what I need to get accomplished today and how I am going to do it. My mind begins to infiltrate the various areas and sub areas of responsibility. However, I am aware, even at this early hour of contemplation, that I am not going to get it all done. And furthermore, that what I do get finished will not be without flaw.
In what can only be described as the grace of God, my mind was quickly drawn to Hebrews 7:
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Heb 7.25)
The beloved Savior and High Priest does not, like the other priests, die. Furthermore, he does not need to atone for his own sins (7.23ff). As a result we have a perfect and eternal high priest who offered a perfect and eternally acceptable sacrifice to the Father.
I need to remember that even on my ‘best’ days I need to have my beloved high priest fervently, faithfully, zealously, and successfully pleading the merits of his righteous life and sacrificial death in my stead. There is not a second that I live here on earth when I am not dependent upon this glorious work.
And furthermore, there is not a second throughout all eternity that his saints will not depend upon his gloriously flawless work! This Jesus will not only be the song of my praise throughout eternity but also be the substance of why I can enjoy the presence of God throughout all eternity!
It is the flawless work of Christ that we now and forevermore will depend upon. All of his ransomed saints will forever cling to his high priestly garments like barnacles upon a great ship. Indeed the captain of our salvation will successfully navigate us to the celestial port.
In this his flawless person and duty are seen to be so attractive and refreshing to the sin plagued conscience.