Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Hebrews 9:24 (ESV)
"For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf."

When I came across this verse, it made me reflect on how much I focus on what Christ did for me, and at the same time made me keenly aware that I forget what He is doing for me now and what He will do for me for all eternity.

With the entire basis of Christianity resting on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, it is easy to see how this becomes a central focus of our faith. Whenever we seek forgiveness, we are reminded of His blood that affords our justification (Hebrews 9:22), but we also need to remember it is the RISEN Christ that is interceding on our behalf every day (Romans 8:34).

His being received and seated at the right hand of God is evidence of full accomplishment of His earthly ministry and approval of the Father for His redeeming work. It is also confirmation of His true nature: that He IS the Son of God and during His earthly ministry was not just fully God but also fully human; that He returned to the glory which He had with the Father before the world existed (John 17:5).

When Jesus declared, “It is finished”, all of the opposition to Him lost the battle in that moment; the redeeming work of the Savior was now complete and the debt was paid for all time. Thus, on the one side Christ rests from a perfected work for us sinners; but on the other side He is now working for us, interceding for us continually with the Father.

In heaven, Christ is our Advocate and our High Priest (Hebrews 2:17; 7:24; 1 John 2:1-2), as well as our Sacrifice (Hebrews 10:12). The slain Lamb stands ever present before God, providing acceptance where otherwise we would have none. The only righteousness we possess is His; not ours. Without Christ, we would have no avenue to the Father (John 14:6).

While we are reminded to always look back to the Cross; we should also strive to look up to the throne. From the Cross, we hear “It is finished”, but from the throne, we hear the words the writer of Hebrews expressed in verse 4:16: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Our Lord sustains us every day, and is with us through every valley and mountaintop we traverse. And when the time comes for us to go home, He has prepared a place for us and will come and receive us to His glory forever more (John 14:1-3).

Let us always remember not only what He did for us in the past, but what He does for us now, and what He will do for us when our time on Earth is through.