"This (the nullification of the Law & Jesus' work to allow our approach to the Father) means a 'better' hope for us because Jesus has become our priest by the oath of God. Other men have been priests without any sworn guarantee, but Jesus has the oath of him that said of him: ‘The Lord has sworn and will not relent, You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.'
"And he is, by virtue of this fact, himself the living guarantee of a 'better' agreement. Human High Priests have always been changing, for death made a permanent appointment impossible. But Christ, because he lives for ever, possesses a priesthood that needs no successor. This means that he can save fully and completely those who approach God through him, for he is always living to intercede on their behalf..." (Hebrews 7:20-25)
My friends, every one of our false, half-way, quasi- and faulty understandings regarding sin and the Cross absolutely break down as we're looking into the face of this Jesus Himself. Jesus, everyday, stands before us as the High Priest and the sacrifice, demanding nothing of us but that we'd fully accept everything that He so freely offers. He saves "FULLY and COMPLETELY those who approach God through Him, for He is ALWAYS LIVING to intercede on our behalf..."
I just can't say enough how much we don't yet believe that! Otherwise, let's be honest, our lives in this world would look so totally different. We would never act as if alone; we would never not have a conversation going with Him; we would be buoyant with hope; we would be self-forgetful in the ever-available presence of this glorious Savior. We would not keep doubling-back to worries about our salvation or our struggles; we would be confident to walk before Him and talk about those with Him. And, finding Him ever so caring, we’d then be back to our free and joyous enjoyment of life under His yoke – Him doing all the work under there – as we lived out the rest of our days with a growing delight. Even our sorrows would lose significance in view of what’s offered here. They’d be swallowed up into the beauty of His “always living” plan...
Here is the High Priest we need. A man who is holy, faultless, unstained, beyond the very reach of sin and lifted to the very Heavens. There is no need for him, like the High Priest we know, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins and then for the people’s. He made one sacrifice, once for all, when he offered up himself. The Law makes for its High Priests men of human weakness. But the word of the oath, which came after the Law, makes for High Priest the Son, who is perfect for ever! (Hebrews 7:26-28)
Jesus is perfect forever.
Jesus is our High Priest.
Jesus is the one sacrifice, once for all.
Jesus is holy, faultless and unstained.
And He - today - right now - loves you. He has already done it all to set you free.
Would you, today, be free in that freedom?