I recently heard about farmers who are looking for hard working young people to pick fruit in their orchards. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of workers due to border restrictions, even if migrants are allowed across, a 14 day quarantine was imposed on them. In the past, these migrants came from Mexico, Jamaica and several other places in the world. In Ontario alone, nearly 14.000 worked our fields each season. To try and hire local youth means that the work is hard and experienced hands from abroad has proven much that they are more productive compared to inexperienced workers. Industry insiders agree that for the farmer to turn a profit he needs knowledgeable seasoned workers to meet the arduous task of picking fruit when harvest time rolls around. In the same token, another type of work is taking place even now where only one individual qualifies. It is a spiritual labour and only met by a lifetime of holiness and sacrifice. His portfolio is varied and comes highly endorsed. He is from heaven and entered into this labour of love voluntarily though its demands meant suffering far beyond what any one man could endure. We are told that Jesus “passed through the heavens” after having died and resurrected, in order to continue as our mediator before the Father. He was assigned to bring many sons to glory, then returned to heaven so what does is He doing now that He has taking His place once more in the heavens?
For one thing, it indicates that once He accomplished His mission on the cross, it did not end when He left earth for heaven. He came to His throne where now He acts as our intercessor before the Father. That means he represents Believers before God. You see, if each one of us alone tried to speak to God, we would be doomed for failure. God has a dispute with us. Sin which can be explained as breaking God`s moral laws, means we all are guilty of doing just that exact thing. None of us could in good conscience deny that we have not lied or thought immoral thoughts, or taken the Lord`s name in vain, and a lot more than a few times. Yet, Jesus was appointed by God to defend us, and does so successfully, because He is our “Defence Attorney” in a manner of speaking. He qualified for this role by becoming our substitute and taking the punishment on our behalf, successfully bridging our hearts to God`s by paying the penalty Himself. So we can be cleared of all charges and pronounced innocent because of the One who paid the price for our sins. All who put their trust in Him and repent of their sins are gloriously forgiven!
So what is happening in heaven where we learn that Christ is at the right hand of the Father? In that Christ has re-entered heaven, we are confident that the work of the cross has been successful and no longer is their need for a sacrifice. Next, it also teaches us that Christ is at work in an intercessory role, where He speaks to the Father on our behalf. He can do this because He knew our infirmities since He Himself had undergone many of the same trials, many more than what we could in our lifetimes, and on a much more intense level. The Bible tells us that He was made perfect through them, and that He remained without sin. His hardships helped shaped His perfect humanity to understand and sympathize with us.
Surely, we all have seen a sign “men working above.” Christ is working for us now. We cannot look up and see Him, but we know from Scripture that He has entered heaven once more. Have you known Christ as Savior, because if you have not, then His work is not on your behalf. He cannot be your advocate if He is not your Savior first. Put your faith in Jesus Christ today, so that you are sure about your entrance into heaven one day.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 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. (Heb.4:14-16)