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Our High Priest
by Norman Grubb

"It was fitting that God... should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering" - Hebrews 2:10.

In Hebrews 1 the incomparable glory of the Son of God is set before us in mounting phrase upon phrase: Lord of all things; by whom He made the worlds; outshining of His glory; express image of His person; sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Our hearts are awed and melted in worship. Highest of the high, "Let all the angels of God worship Him." At His name shall every knee bow, and ours among them.

In the middle of these sparkling gems of glory there is one blood-red stone. It seems out of place. It takes us by surprise: "When He had by Himself purged our sins." The next chapter explains. "We see Jesus," called here by that human name for the first time, "made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death ... that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man" (taste it, not here referring to its beneficial effects for us, but to the experience it gave Him of drinking to the last drop the cup of humanity), and fall even under the dominion of "him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." Here is the great High Priest, the Intercessor, descending from the highest heights to lowest depths, to share and bear humanity's sufferings, frailty and sin. The priest identifies himself with those for whom he intercedes. He sits where they sit. He bears what they bear.

- The Liberating Secret