“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
(Please read Hebrews 3:1)
The book of Hebrews is loaded with affirmations of the divinity and superiority of Jesus. Indeed there is so much to consider about him, that we can only introduce the subject at this point, with the hope of touching on it again and again during the year.
But for now, consider the divinely appointed offices of Jesus mentioned in our text verse. First Jesus is called an apostle, which is certainly appropriate since Jesus was a messenger from heaven and the word apostle means “one sent forth” for some important communication. An Old Testament prophet called Jesus “the messenger of the covenant” (Malachi 3:1, NIV), and Jesus himself stated that the Father had commanded him as to what to say (see John 12:49-50). It was only in his human nature that the lesser rank of apostle could be imputed to Christ, for in his divine nature he was equal to the Father (see Philippians 2:6).
Further, Jesus is described as a high priest. The Jewish high priest, on the day of atonement, entered into the Most Holy Place in the temple and offered a blood sacrifice for the sins of the people. By temperament, nature and experience, Jesus is eminently qualified to be our High Priest. He is sympathetic and merciful toward human beings while being perfectly faithful to God. As High Priest, Christ is the mediator between us and God, and our advocate before the Father when we have sinned.
In the face of such love and divine help, how can we refuse such a Savior? Let’s start this fine day with thanksgiving to our Father and songs of praise in our hearts.