“Therefore he is able to save completely
those who come to God through him,
because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)
I grew up in a home where my parents were not satisfied with me doing a job half heartedly. For example when I cut the lawn Saturday mornings, I was expected to trim the edges of the lawn perfectly. The grass had to be cut evenly or else I did not receive my allowance for the week. I learned to take pleasure in a job well done.
I recall being in New York city for a month while in a training program. The company gave me a food allowance and I was expected to either find restaurants within the budget or pay out of my pocket the difference in cost. One breakfast place I frequented had the kitchen in full view so we could see our food being cooked. I recall being fascinated by one cook who could take an egg in one hand, crack it on the edge of a bowl, pull the shell back, and toss the contents of the egg onto a frying pan on the stove. The whole procedure was done with one hand! I marvelled at his skill in doing a task that would require two hands by most of us.
What a delight to witness someone highly skilled in his/her profession doing the work with an economy of effort and with excellent results.
However, when it came to doing the work of redemption, Jesus took about 33 years of perfect effort to accomplish the job. Redemption was not something simple like frying eggs. Nor was it a work of art such as a gardener performs in planting and organizing a beautiful botanical garden for thousands to enjoy.
Our salvation was a work that required meticulous, persistent, deliberate effort by Jesus for decades. Opposition from earth and hell got into the way of Jesus, but He pursued His course without a single mistake.
Our Lord was able to say something we could never say to the Father. John 8:29 (NIV)
“The one who sent me is with me;
he has not left me alone,
for I always do what pleases him.”
Jesus lived the life of perfect, perpetual obedience to the law of God that we cannot accomplish. He lived the life we must live if we expect to enter heaven. All who come to God through Him receive that righteousness as a garment to wear.
Then Jesus died the death our sins deserved. For all who believe in the resurrection of Jesus and confess Him as Lord, the death of Jesus is accepted by the Father as full payment for our sin. Then there is the continuing work of Jesus as He represents His people to the Father and pleads for the things necessary for us to live acceptably here in a sinful world. Jesus pleads His righteousness, death and resurrection on our behalf and so He is the consummate Saviour. Do you believe this? Have you accepted Him as your complete Saviour? If not, why not? He calls you to faith in Him today. Come while you may.