(The high priest) Aaron will carry the names of the tribes of Israel on the sacred chest piece over his heart when he goes into the Holy Place. This will be a continual reminder that he represents the people when he comes before the Lord. Exodus 28:29 NLT
Take two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the tribes of Israel. Six names will be on each stone, arranged in the order of the births of the original sons of Israel. Engrave these names on the two stones in the same way a jeweler engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in settings of gold filigree. Fasten the two stones on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod as a reminder that Aaron represents the people of Israel. Aaron will carry these names on his shoulders as a constant reminder whenever he goes before the Lord. Exodus 28:9-12 NLT
An important part of the ministry of the high priest was to be a representative of God’s people and bring them before the Lord. To help Israel understand this ministry of intercession, the high priest carried the names of the tribes of Israel in two different places. The first place was upon a breastplate that was over his heart, and the second place was on two engraved stones that were set on his shoulders.
Today, we are represented before God by our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is representing us, as God’s people, completely and perfectly as our merciful Intercessor in heaven.
Jesus carries your name into the holiest place of all. You are borne on His shoulders, carried upon His heart, represented in His intercession, forgiven through His mercies, given favor by His grace. As your High Priest, Jesus knows your need and can fully identify with your sorrows, your suffering, your weariness, and your temptations.
Jesus, your High Priest, carries you on the strength of His shoulders to bear you up in all your trials; He keeps you close to His heart with the deepest attention and affection; He represents you before the Father with compassionate and sympathetic understanding.
Jesus, your High Priest, strengthens you and succors you; upholds you and undergirds you; carries you and cares for you; represents you and remembers you. He is praying that you will prosper and fully succeed in all the will of God.
You can be assured that Jesus, your faithful High Priest, the One who knows you best and loves you most, holds you close in the depths of His heart, and is carrying you upon the strength of His shoulders.