Summary: The same Jesus who walked the dusty trails of Israel, died on a cross, arose from the dead, and ascended on high is now our Mediator with God.
God’s New Deal
May 7, 2014 Chester FBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A In our text we will see a glimpse of Jesus’ heavenly work.
1 It’s inspiring, encouraging, exciting to know that this moment, One who bears the scars of His love represents us in heaven.
a The same Jesus who walked the dusty trails of Israel, died on a cross, arose from the dead, and ascended on high is now our Mediator with God.
b Hebrews 8.1, says that the “sum” (KJV) or “crowing point” or “main point” (NASB) of Jesus’ present ministry is the fact that He is acting as our Great High Priest this evening.
Hebrews 8:1 (NASB) 1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 He lives in Heaven as our Priest, Mediator, Minister, Forerunner & Intercessor.
a As the office holder of these ministries He is fulfilling the types & shadows of the Old Covenant to God’s people; Jesus is the New Covenant.
b When FDR was running for President, he promised America a “New Deal.”
aa That promise pales in comparison to the “New Deal” God put in place through Jesus Messiah.
bb We’ll explore three aspects of the New Covenant/New Deal that God established 2,000 years ago.
I The Priest of the New Covenant (8.1-3)
Hebrews 8:1-3 (NASB) 1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer.
A The Great High Priest stands apart from any other priest.
1 He is a saving Priest
a The fact that Jesus has sat down is evidence that the sacrifice for sin was finished (10.11).
Hebrews 10:11 (NASB) 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;
aa Nowhere in the O.T. do we see the Levitical priest seated.
bb He is seated at the right hand of the throne in heaven, a place that Aaron couldn’t occupy.
cc The New Deal Jesus brought is far superior to deal the Israelites had under the Old Covenant.
dd The Levitical Priests were never finished, but Jesus’ work was completed on the cross.
b We can stand with gratitude for the salvation provided by our Great High Priest, because He has ransomed our souls.
2 He is a Sovereign Priest
a Our Jesus sits in heaven, fully God/man, in all the unmatched dignity of deity.
b There is nothing that remains to be done for our salvation, for the Lord sits on the throne of grace with absolute authority to save.
B He is a saving, sovereign, seated priest who is also a serving priest.
1 If He’s seated, how can He be serving at the same time?