“Consequently Jesus is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25 from Hebrews 6:13-7:28 )
I am starting to have a firm appreciation for the Aramaic Bible in Plain English. The way most of the other translations have this verse it sounds like Jesus’ prime purpose in being alive is to make intercession for us. A very nice concept, but Jesus being divine is capable of more than just that. The Aramaic Bible in Plain English has verse 25 this way – “And he can give life for eternity to those who come near to God by him, for he lives always and offers prayers for our sakes.” The emphasis should be on Jesus’ immortality and not on one facet or aspect of Christ-hood. Actually his primary purpose and goal is being God in Jesus form.
Paul, however, writing to the Hebrews who are big on atonement and sacrifice. Paul has been describing Jesus as the ultimate high priest, sinless and blameless so he never has to atone for his own sins but can be atoning for the sins of all humanity. Again, the Aramaic rendering into English does a good job because it separates out the fact that Jesus lives always and forever, and during this unending living he is offering prayers – actually, speaking to God – on our behalf. Amongst other things. Because, God is listening to the Divine’s Jesus facet unendingly, amongst other things. This is Divinity, gentle reader. Accomplishing all things that need to be accomplished simultaneously.
It is also insuring our right relationship with God, acquiring a justice that liberates, and working towards a shalom for all creation and humanity.
May you gentle reader not forget these things. And may you praise God and Christ our Lord for what is being done on your behalf. Selah! And shalom for your day.