February 1, 2018
Help without End
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he [Jesus] 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
The oldest known tree in the world is a Bristlecone Pine that lives in the White Mountains of California. Scientists say that it is more than 5,000 years old. Its exact location remains a secret. If left unharmed, who knows how many years it will continue to live? In the natural world, this is about as close as it gets to living forever.
Of course, we don’t expect those we love to live 5,000 years, but we often wish they could live longer, especially when they depart this world earlier than expected. When we lose a parent, relative or good friend, we grieve the loss of their encouragement, comfort and love. We’re left feeling alone and abandoned, wishing they could have lived even a few more days.
But Scripture makes it clear that Jesus is always with us. No matter who we might lose, He is there to intercede on our behalves. He remains our priest forever. Jesus will be there for us from our births to our deaths and every moment in between. Even if we lived another 5,000 years, He would be there every day, loving and forgiving us.
Today’s One Thing
Talk with someone who is several years older than you are. Ask them to share stories from their childhood of God’s protection, provision and forgiveness, and thank God that Jesus’s love for you is unending.