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‘Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.’

Hebrews Chapter 3 Verse 1

 

A number of things struck me as I read the opening few chapters of this book and as I pondered over certain verses I found myself repeating the following phrase over and over again in my mind. ‘Consider Christ Jesus, consider Christ Jesus.’

The first thing that came to mind was the agreement made between Father and Son in the depths of Eternity. Holy angels had fallen and man would also fall. A decision was made not to save the fallen angels but to save a chosen number of men. Was this agreement arrived at before or after the angels fell?

When you consider Christ Jesus take a minute or two to consider what this salvation would entail for the Second Person of the Trinity.

He would have to divest Himself of the glory and constant communion that He had enjoyed with His Father and take on the mantle of a human being. His glory would be veiled by flesh. Taking on the form and nature of an angel would save no man.

This same Jesus would need to make atonement for sin in the same form and nature as the one who fell in the first place, namely Adam.

Consider Christ Jesus.

Consider for a moment the humility of God becoming a man. The Creator being formed in the womb of a virgin. The Sustainer of all life being sustained Himself through His mother’s milk.

Consider Christ Jesus as a child, then as a teenager and then as a young adult. Consider the difference in language alone between the glory He enjoyed with His Father and the cursing and swearing on the streets of Israel.

Consider Christ Jesus.

Consider this one act for a moment of your time today. Consider the soldier spitting in the face of God! Imagine if you can this same soldier coming to a saving knowledge and faith in Christ at a later date. Is it possible to imagine what suffering his conviction of sin would bring?

Consider Christ Jesus.

Consider being brutally punished for something He did not do. Consider being accused of wrong doing and answering not a word. Consider being nailed to a cross and hoisted skyward for all to see. Consider the mocking as He hung on that tree.

Now try and consider what it meant to endure the wrath of His Beloved Father. Consider being forsaken by Perfect Love. We could spend an eternity in Hell and it would not satisfy Divine Justice. Christ Jesus satisfied Divine Justice before He gave up the Ghost.

Christ Jesus was not only our great High Priest; He was also the Sacrifice and the Altar!!

Consider what took place in the darkness of the sealed tomb and consider the abiding place of our Great High Priest today.

If having thought about the various points that I have raised, can you grasp today that He did all this for you and for me?

Has your soul wandered from your God over these busy summer months? Have you strayed to different pastures? Are you walking at a distance from your Beloved? Do you long for that fellowship with Him that you once so much enjoyed? Well, take time today to consider Christ Jesus and all that He has done for you.

We may ‘feel’ as though we are walking at a distance from our God yet I am convinced that only a truly regenerate person would worry about it. Does considering what Jesus has done for you not whet your appetite for a closer walk with God?

Is He speaking to you today? When did you last hear His voice? Allow me to close with a quote from Oswald Chambers. ‘The voice of the Spirit of God is as gentle as a summer breeze – so gentle that unless you are living in complete fellowship and oneness with God you will never hear it.’