“Therefore you and your sons with you shall attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and behind the veil; and you shall serve…”
While it is clear Moses is being instructed regarding the role of the priests who would care for the articles within the Tabernacle, this statement is also a beautiful picture of the ministry of Jesus. He takes care of everything that happens behind the veil. Just as the curtain would serve as a divider between the outside world and what happened within the holy chambers of the Tabernacle, so we have a veil that separates heaven’s proceedings from our view. Paul spoke of the fact that our vision of God is marred by the experiences of life.
1 Corinthians 13:12
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”
Just because we are looking through the stained glass of the natural world, does not mean Jesus is not at work in the heavens, behind the scenes. In fact, the Bible goes into great detail to explain what our heavenly High Priest is doing daily, as He “attends to everything behind the veil.”
First, He watches. Like a loving parent who watches over a child, so Jesus observes all that we do. Nothing is ever really done in secret, but openly, before the eyes of the One to whom we all must give account. Even those things that no one seems to notice, like the widow offering her mites, can not sneak past the watchful eye of Christ.
Second, He prays. In fact, we are told, “He always lives to make intercession for us,” that He might save us to the uttermost(Hebrews 7:25). In every trial we face, or temptation we struggle with, we can be assured, Christ is at the right hand of the throne of God interceding on our behalf.
Third, he represents us. Like a defense attorney, Jesus stands between us and the accusations that fly out of the devil’s mouth. Instead of believing the worst about us, he remembers that we are blood-bought children of God, and defends us before the Father.
Finally, he waits for us. Hebrews 12 speaks of the great cloud of witnesses that have gone into glory before us. Jesus is awaiting our arrival into that assembly. On the day Stephen died, we are told Jesus arose from His seat to welcome him into eternity (Acts 7:55). What a beautiful picture! I can imagine every time a believer steps into glory, Jesus arises to meet him with a heavenly multitude at His side.