How do you view Jesus? How would you describe Him? If you were asked to put titles on Him, what would those titles be? Do you believe He has and continues to call you to Him? Are your thoughts fixed on Jesus?
We have heard Jesus called the Son of God, Messiah, Savior, Son of Man, Teacher, Rabbi, King of kings, and Lord of lords. Have you heard Him called High Priest? What about Apostle? Let’s take a look at both of those titles.
In today’s passage, the author of Hebrews labels Jesus as “our apostle.” To be an apostle meant to be sent as a missionary. Jesus was certainly sent on a mission to this earth. He came to preach the good news and reconcile us to God.
Today’s passage also calls Jesus a high priest. The high priest in the Jewish tradition was the one who went into the holy of holies to speak directly with God. He was appointed over all other priests, typically for a year. No one was appointed to be a high priest for the remainder of their life. However, Jesus is our High Priest forever. He is our Intermediator before God until the day of judgment.
The author tells his Jewish audience to fix their thoughts upon Jesus. That instruction is for us as well. Fixing our eyes on Him, focusing on Him will keep us focused on what is truly important, which the author tells us is our heavenly calling. Think about that for just a moment. God is calling each of us heavenward. Isn’t that wonderful?! God wants us to be with Him for eternity. We can forget, or at least endure, the troubles of this world by focusing our thoughts on Jesus, our apostle and high priest.
I pray we all fix our thoughts on Jesus. I pray we fix our eyes upon Jesus. I pray each of us hear God’s calling of us heavenward, His desire for us to spend eternity with Him. Know Jesus was sent for you. See Jesus as your High Priest. Know Jesus is your Intermediary. Fix your thoughts on Jesus. Fix your eyes on Jesus.
Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.