“But because He remains a priest forever, He holds the priesthood permanently.” – Heb. 7:24
Hi dear readers! Thank you for reading along on this journey with me. I appreciate you!
We’ve examined Jesus as a historical figure – He was born, He lived, and He died. (And He rose from the dead). We also saw Jesus as a prophet of God. Jesus still remains much more. Jesus of Nazareth was and is also our priest – our High Priest.
The priests of the Israelites were appointed by God from the tribe of Levi, starting with Aaron and his sons. Jesus, like those priests, was also appointed by God. Notice what the Hebrews writer says: “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house” (Heb. 3:1-2). Jesus is a priest appointed by God, who was also faithful, as were the Levitical priests.
While He had a similar appointment to His priesthood, Jesus’ priesthood differs with the Levitical priesthood in that His is superior. Aaron and the Levitical priests were not perfect. “Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron” (Heb. 7:11)? “But Jesus has now obtained a superior ministry, and to that degree He is the mediator of a better covenant, which has been legally enacted on better promises” (Heb. 8:6). We have a High Priest in Jesus who is superior to any other earthly priest.
Therefore, we have no need of another priest. Jesus’ priesthood was consecrated by an oath, in that the Lord swore that He would be a priest forever (Heb. 7:20-21). It’s unchangeable and permanent (Heb. 7:24). He’s a priest who is pure: “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens” (Heb. 7:26).
Just like the Levitical priests offered sacrifices, Jesus offered a sacrifice – Himself (Heb. 9:26). He doesn’t need to offer more than one sacrifice as the other high priests, “first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself” (Heb. 7:27).
As a high priest, Jesus made reconciliation for us with God (Heb. 2:17). He obtained redemption for us (Heb. 9:12). He intercedes for us (Heb. 7:25). He sympathizes with us (Heb. 4:15). And like Aaron and the priests blessed the Israelites (Num. 6:23-26), Jesus blesses us (Acts 3:26).
We no longer need any man to stand in between us and God to intercede or offer up sacrifices. Jesus already did it, and He continues to intercede on our behalf. We have a great High Priest in Jesus who is superior to the Levitical priests and anyone else who tries to stand in the gap between God and man.
Have you recognized Jesus as High Priest? He can intercede for you, He can bless you, and He can sympathize with you and your weaknesses. He can wash away all of your sin. All you have to do is obey Him. Believe in the Lord Jesus, repent of your sins, confess His name, and put Him on in baptism. You can do it today.
Thank God for Jesus our High Priest.
“To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.” – Acts 3:26
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