Easter Meditations: Christ, the High Priest

For today’s meditation, we have one of my favorite passages of Scripture (Hebrews 4:14-16) and one of my favorite hymns (“Arise, My Soul, Arise”).

Over the last few days, I’ve taken comfort in the fact that Jesus Christ knows what I am going through and He understands my earthly condition because He was fully human. But since He is also fully God, He has power to help me with my troubles and temptations. The promise of verse 16 is so special; we can find the grace, comfort, wisdom, and strength–everything!–we need when we go before God’s throne of grace. He has promised everything we need for “life and godliness” (II Peter 1:3)–everything we need for salvation and sanctification.

I was introduced to this hymn a few years ago and I love it–such powerful truths that are such a comfort and help to my heart.

Hebrews 4:14-16

14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Arise, My Soul, Arise

By Charles Wesley

Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:
Before the throne my surety stands,
Before the throne my surety stands,
My name is written on His hands.

He ever lives above, for me to intercede;
His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:
His blood atoned for all our race,
His blood atoned for all our race,
And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;
They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:
‘Forgive him, O forgive,’ they cry,
‘Forgive him, O forgive,’ they cry,
‘Nor let that ransomed sinner die!’

The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;
He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;
His Spirit answers to the blood,
His Spirit answers to the blood,
And tells me I am born of God.

My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;
He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:
With confidence I now draw nigh,
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And ‘Father, Abba, Father,’ cry.

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