Let me preface this article with a statement: If you’re looking for a political argument then you are reading the wrong blog. I am neither qualified nor willing to take part in the mud slinging that we call ‘modern politics.’ I simply am using the impeachment trial as an illustration because… well, I simply love history. You do realize that President Trump is only the third President of the United States to be impeached, right? The previous two presidents to be impeached were Andrew Johnson (1868) and Bill Clinton (1998). So, this is literally history unfolding right before our eyes. Thus, as a lover of history, I glued myself to the tv each day during my lunch break to follow this drama as it unfolded. Here’s what I determined: Impeachment is really boring. For the most part I heard a fair amount of debate using legal terminology that I am unfamiliar with followed by a presentation from both legal teams that quite honestly left me more confused than I was at the beginning. The only “interesting historical” part was the parading of the impeachment papers across Capitol Hill, not on a jump drive mind you, but in a wooden box. Other than that: boring. That is until the time of the closing argument for the legal teams arrived.
It was Tuesday, January 28th, when the one moment of the Senate impeachment trial occurred that I will forever remember. His name is Jay Sekulow. I’m sure this man had spoken previously during the 48 hour barrage of legal presentation, but this was the first time I heard him. And let me just speak truth, regardless of which side of the aisle you were sitting on you have to admit: Jay Sekulow is a very effective advocate. He wasn’t like Adam Schiff or Patrick Philbin. He was different. Jay Sekulow not only engaged my mind in a fresh way but he also gripped my heart and squeezed out emotion. I remember my first thought when he finished his speech and walked away, “Wow. That guy is really good. I would feel pretty safe in a courtroom if Jay Sekulow was arguing my case.”
Here’s where I flip this illustration to point out a spiritual truth. The Christian should feel (yes as in your affections: happy, free, safe, secure, blessed assurance, joyful delight) that to a greater degree in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Do you know why? Because Jesus is a far superior, far greater, infinitely more effective advocate than Jay Sekulow. And here is the one end-all-be-all reason for that truth…
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:23-25, ESV)
This is the climax conclusion to a lengthy argument by the preacher of Hebrews that seeks to make absolutely clear that Jesus under the new covenant is a far superior High Priest than any of the other priests who served under the Old Covenant. In simple terms, if possible, Jesus gives a better representation for you to The Father. He is a better Advocate. His intercession on your behalf is infinitely and eternally effective. He is better than Levi, He is better than Aaron, and He is better than Jay Sekulow because “He holds His priesthood permanently because He continues forever.”
That stands in stark contrast to the High Priests of the Old Testament doesn’t it? They were not permanent, which is why there were so many of them. Here is the reason for that in straight forward talk: They all died and stayed dead. Maybe this will help to make the point clear. Suppose you were living under the Old Testament code and the High Priest who served you was “good.” That is to say that he was gentle, sympathetic, faithful, and devoutly religious. You like this priest. He serves you well. Maybe he has good genes and he serves in the office of your high priest for 70 years…but then that day comes. He goes the way of all the earth and is buried six feet under. Now his office, his responsibilities, are passed on to his son. Suppose the son is not the priest that his father was. Perhaps he was like those reckless sons of Eli who made a mockery of their religious duties. Are you catching my drift?
Let me come back full circle now. Jay Sekulow is a very effective advocate for the President. But, perhaps he resigns his position tomorrow. Perhaps he becomes ill and is unable to advocate any longer. I’m sure the other lawyers on the President’s defense team are excellent. But they are not Jay Sekulow. I would feel assured with Jay Sekulow arguing my case, but if something happened that prevented him from advocating for me…well I don’t think I would be as confident, secure, and assured.
Brother and sister, we have no such worry with the Resurrected Christ. He will never resign. He will never grow ill. He will never grow tired. He has already died, was buried, and has been raised up to an indestructible life. He is a Great High Priest forever. And because of this I am saved to the uttermost, completely and totally forever and ever. Yes in Jesus I am forever safe, forever secure, and forever assured of my eternity with God.