READ: Psalm 143, Matthew 25, Hebrews 7
THE POWER OF AN ENDLESS LIFE
Thomas Obediah Chisholm penned the hymn “O to Be Like Thee”: “O, to be like Thee! Lowly in spirit, holy and harmless, patient and brave.” This excerpt includes a phrase from Hebrews 7:26, “holy and harmless.” The same verse in Hebrews defines Jesus as undefiled, separate from sinners, and higher than the heavens. What sets Christianity apart from all other faiths is the resurrection. Other believers (the many people of faith that trust in their book, prophet, or ideology) are wrong, not because their faith does not work, but because it is temporal, lower than the heavens, and cannot eternally endure. Many Muslims, Mormons, Hindus, and New Age adherents have testimonies. These men and women testify truly how their present lives changed due to the peace, discipline, or improvements resulting from their religion. We don’t quibble with their testimony; we just point out that only Jesus has the power of an endless life.
Jesus lives forever. Jesus has not come according to the law of a fleshly commandment but according to the power of an endless life (Heb. 7:16). Memories and legacies and ideologies cannot compare to presence. Jesus is eternally present. Jesus’ power results from His uninterrupted and eternal living presence. Because Jesus’ life never ends, He crosses all time barriers and has no restrictions. No other religious figure can offer endless living.
Jesus intercedes forever. Because Jesus continues forever (v. 24), He is able to save to the uttermost (v. 25), always living to make intercession for those who trust in Him. This is the difference in the testimony of a Christian and a Muslim. The devotion and discipline of a Muslim can surely positively affect their lives and families, but it cannot comprehensively save, heal, help, and cleanse–to the uttermost. Only Jesus (He of an endless life) has eternal power to intervene on our behalf. Eternity implies omnipresence. Only Jesus is there to continually save and keep. Only Jesus can cleanse the conscience. Only Jesus can forgive sin because He is its eternal conqueror. Our testimony is only better than the Muslim because Jesus is eternal.
Jesus is perfect forever. God’s oath appoints the Son as perfected forever (v. 28). “All may change but Jesus never. Glory to His name.” Jesus is never weak, never failing, never changing. Jesus is complete, perfect, enduring, unblemished by the passage of time or the sins of man.
Jesus may be harmless, in the sense that He is gracious and forgiving, gentle in spirit, and kind to all who repent. But He is also Holy–impenetrable, unmovable, fixed forever, buttressed in eternal immortality, endued intrinsically with unmatched power–due to endless life. Let us not deny the testimonies of other men. Let us simply invite them to the only One who can insure that change and life are eternal.