Christ our High Priest
One goal of the incarnation was that Divinity might come so close to humanity as to experience the very same trials and weaknesses that are ours. By so doing, Christ is more than qualified to become our High Priest and to represent us before the Father. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Having, through His human nature, experienced the frailties of men—though without the least trace of sin—Christ is fully sympathetic with the hardships and struggles that the true Christian has to face. “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18).
The apostle Paul wrote, “who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:6–8).
In some mystifying way that we cannot comprehend, the Son of God experienced the full weight of every imaginable temptation the “prince of this world” (John 12:31) could tempt Him with, but without, even by a thought, yielding to any of them (John 14:30). Satan found nothing in Jesus that responded to his evil temptations.
Victory through Christ
Through the incarnation of the Son of God, He accomplished victory over the natural tendency to sin, and because of Christ’s victory over sin, we too may triumph over it (Romans 8:1–4). In Him, we can be “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), for God “giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57), over both sin and death (Galatians 2:20).
Instead of worthless attempts to gain redemption by a stern obedience to the requirements of the legal system of Judaism, or any other religious system of righteousness by works, the Christian has the privilege of free entry to throne of God.
Therefore, we can come boldly to the throne of grace (Romans 3:24; 1 Corinthians 1:3), not because God is indebted to us, but because He freely offers His grace to all who seek it (John 1:14; Romans 1:7; 3:24; 1 Corinthians 1: 3). Christians need grace to meet troubles and trials, and grace to have victory over every temptation through the mediation of Christ the High Priest (Hebrews 4:14; 6:20; 9:24).
The Lord promised, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness? (1 John 1:9). At the throne of judgment, all will find firm justice. The sinner’s only hope is God’s mercy, offered while probation remains. He who makes it a daily practice to come to the throne of grace for a new supply of God’s mercy and grace enters into the “rest” of soul God has provided for every faithful Christian.
In His service,