“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
Ever wondered if God has given up on you? Because you’ve fallen perhaps into that same old pattern of sin yet again. Enslaved to lustful thoughts and actions maybe, or a repeated failure to control your tongue, your appetite, your temper, your selfish ambition, or your proud and judgmental attitudes. Or maybe there’s a particular ‘massive’ moral lapse for which you’re struggling to receive God’s forgiveness and are feeling condemned.
Whatever sin you or I might have fallen into and are struggling to recover from, you can have complete confidence. Not, of course, in our own meagre resources to recover from a period of weakness. No, even though our tearful confession and prayer of repentance may be genuine, somehow deep down we know that we’re bound to trip up and give in to temptation again. Sooner or later. But we can be completely confident that the ability of Jesus trumps our failure. Because “he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him.”
Now do you believe that? That Jesus really is able to save to the uttermost, to the nth degree? The glorious truth is that there is not a single person on earth who is beyond the ability of Jesus to reach with his comprehensive rescue package. No matter the extremity, severity or regularity of my sinful words, thoughts or behavior, Jesus is able to save me utterly, fully, completely.
‘But you don’t know what I’ve done’, a young man once objected as I shared this truth with him. ‘You have no idea how rotten my heart is, how disgusting and vile my thoughts are, how godless and depraved my behavior has been.’ True. I didn’t know. But I do know my own heart and many failings all too well. And I do know that Jesus is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him. He can do this because unlike the Levitical priests “who were prevented by death from continuing in office…he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever” (Hebrews 7:23-24). That’s why he’s able to utterly save me, because “he always lives to make intercession for” all those who now draw near to God through him.
When you find yourself in the pit, engaged in some vile act, ensnared once again in a cycle of sin and struggling to break free, remember Jesus. “After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). And remind yourself that Jesus is still today – and every day – at the right hand of God and always lives to make intercession for you. Not sometimes, not most of the time, not only when he doesn’t have more important things to contend with on the world stage. But always. “If anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father” (1 John 2:1).
Be confident that God hasn’t given up on you. Jesus is there in heaven, right now and every moment of every day, pleading your case before God. Amazing, but true! So wherever you’re at in your relationship with God, however far you may have fallen, why not draw near to God in prayer right now through Jesus?