Heb. 8:1,2 – Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
The heavenly ministry of Jesus cannot be overestimated or over emphasized; His present day ministry is the source of our heavenly life. When Jesus entered into heaven as a man He entered for us. Not only did He bring His blood as an offering before the Father, He sat down at the right hand of God. This was not new for the Son of God, He had been with the Father from eternity. This was new for fallen man. Not only are our sins forgiven, we now have access into the heavenly places, the heavenly life, right now. We are seated together with Him at the right hand of the Father. This heavenly life is what was purchased for us on the cross. The fact that the man, Jesus of Nazareth, remains in the Father’s presence is my hope. He is called the anchor of hope that has entered behind the veil. Here is how Andrew Murray describes this heavenly life and access.
“We have said before that the great characteristic of our Priest-King, of His salvation and His life, is its heavenliness. Jesus is passed through the heavens, made higher than the heavens, seated on the throne in the heavens, in order that He might open the kingdom of heaven to us. Heaven, we have said before, is not only a place, but a state of life; the kingdom of heaven can come to us here on earth in power, and be set up within our hearts…All Jesus is, is heavenly; all the gifts He bestows, all the work He does, all the life He breathes, all the power He exercises is exclusively heavenly… As the heavenliness of the redemption and the life in Jesus is revealed by the Holy Spirit in the heart, heavenliness, its purity, its power, its love, its worship, its blessedness, will be the characteristic of our religion.”
This is the solution to all of life’s dramas. Rather than floundering in the dark places of this fallen culture and world we can rise up into this heavenly life that has been offered to us. We do have a Priest King in heaven, His very existence guarantees the promise of heavenly life.