I have a young friend who has been earnestly looking for a job. She’s studied how to craft her resume so it gets reviewed, filled out endless applications and has been practicing interview skills. Along the way, she has heard the adages, “it all comes down to being at the right place at the right time” and “it’s all about who you know.” Although the job hunt has been frustrating, she hasn’t given up or been without hope because she knows there is some truth in the last saying. In the end it is about who she knows: her advocate, judge and high priest, Jesus. She trusts in him. He holds her future in his hands.
Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:8-10
The Levitical priest described in today’s passages examined and judged peoples’ lives and possessions and offered sacrifices for purification. He interceded on their behalf before God. Jesus actively does the same for us. When we come to him, he sees our hearts, offers us forgiveness and healing for our broken places. He embraces us and asks us to come and enjoy the company of our Father.
I am amazed that Jesus humbled himself to become human, like me so he could show me the way to the Father. Jesus, the perfect one, “learned obedience” in the minor as well as the major difficulties of life. He chose obedience every time— all the way to the Cross on my behalf. His eye is forever on me. Like my friend, he holds my past, present and future in his hands.