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 7:25
Weighed down by the heaviness of sin, a honest and self aware sinner will wonder, how can I ever approach to a Holy God? How will he hear me? What hope is there for me? But we celebrate, both now and for eternity, the story of God’s mercy, love and providence: He provided His Son. The Son has become many things for us, our righteousness, our sanctification, our Lord, our Saviour and our High Priest.
But the weight of our ongoing struggle with sin can distort our perception. So much so that we can begin to focus on the greatness of our sin to destroy rather than the power of the blood of Christ to save. How do we summon the courage to get up and fight sin again and not give into despondency? Three words in this verse have upheld me many many times:
“to the uttermost.”
There is no part of your soul, no lingering besetting sin, no deeply ingrained attitude or habit that Jesus cannot save. When I am saddened by the natural corruption of my heart, I take courage in knowing that no part of me does Jesus leave unredeemed.
It’s as we sing:
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more – Horatio Spafford, “It is Well with My Soul”