Heb.10:21,22 – having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near…
I have just started preparing to teach my Hebrews class this semester and decided to read Andrew Murray’s classic book, THE HOLIEST OF ALL, one more time. It’s funny how different things stand out to me after reading this book numerous times over the last four decades. Just as I began to read the preface something grabbed my attention (maybe I never read the preface). Murray began to make some observations about a scripture someone had given to him to start his new year with. The passage was from the gospels where Jesus took His disciples up on the mountain and was transfigured before them. Murray said that this experience was a glimpse into the heavenly ministry of Jesus. As we start our new year, 2022, let us turn our eyes upon Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, seated at the Father’s right hand calling all of us to come a little closer. Here is how Murray described that moment.
“In the first week of last year, I received from my beloved colleague as a New Year’s text, with the wish that it might be my experience, the words: “Jesus taketh with Him Peter and James and John, and bringeth them into a high mountain, apart by themselves, and He was transfigured before them.” I at once passed the word on to my readers, and I do so again. May the blessed Master take us with Himself into the high mountain, even the Mount Zion, where He sits as Priest-King upon the throne in power, each of us apart by himself, and prepare us for the blessed vision of seeing Him transfigured before us, seeing Him in His heavenly glory. He will then still be to us the same Jesus we know now. And yet not the same; but His whole Being, bright with the glory and the power of the heavenly life which He holds for us, and waits to impart day by day to them who forsake all to follow Him.”
So as we start our new year let’s make a firm decision to draw near in 2022. The veil has been torn, Christ has entered the holiest for us, and He is calling us to live in His “new and living way”. This is an invitation to a whole new kind of life.