Verse: Hebrews 7:23-28
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

Acting as the final high priest and offering, Jesus opened the passageway to our connection with God. We can communicate anytime, anywhere, on any given day, and with any given attitude and know that we are being heard when we pray. We may not do the prayers in a clean, refined manner each time, but that doesn’t matter… they are still heard. God would rather hear us cry out to him for help in whatever we are feeling, fumbling over our words, than have us sit in the unknown thinking we are all alone with no help or companionship.

While we live in a world of constant distraction and entertainment, it is up to us to make space to communicate with God and bring him into our lives. Jesus gave us that right. And it is so simple! When we settle our hearts and focus away from the noise and wait for Him, we are led to a place the world can’t know. Sit with that. A place the world can’t know. The average person with no connection to Jesus can’t know the peace and stillness of our God. A place of hope and rescue. A place of rest and clarity. A place that strengthens us and also heals us.

In this season, where we are reminded “Jesus is the reason for the season,” so we should take time to remember why. Verse 25 says “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” The babe from Bethlehem came with purpose. And that purpose goes on forever and in completion: his life lead to constant intercession on our behalf.

As the final priest, he rests in the gap that lets us show up in front of God just as we are in that moment and rest with Him.

Father remind us in the hurry of the season that you remain in control and available for our prayers. Remind us of the value of having you, Jesus, stand in the gap for us as our high priest. Show us the ways to keep giving. Help find the rest we need to be strengthened. And keep our hearts open to the work you have for us. Amen