2000-04-23 - Jesus as our Great High Priest
Passages about Jesus, Part 9
After being crucified for our sins, Christ was raised from the dead. Now He represents us in Heaven as our Great High Priest. All passages today are from the New International Version (NIV) of the LOGOS Library System.
The High PriesthoodUnder the Old Covenant, God provided a total of 83 high priests, who were the Jewish people's supreme representatives before God. But those high priests were fallible. Only Christ could perfectly fulfill God's requirements of holiness.
Heb. 8:1 The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. 3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain (See Exodus 25:40)." 6 But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises. 7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. 8 But God found fault with the people and said (Some manuscripts may be translated fault and said to the people.) "The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
Jesus Knows Our StugglesEven though He is divine, Jesus has experienced our temptations and struggles so He can identify with us, and He understands completely what we are going through.
Heb. 4:14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens (Or gone into heaven), Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin.
We Don't Face Any Problem AloneOur Great High Priest stands eager to help us with every need.
Heb. 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
His High Priesthood is Eternal
Heb. 5:4 No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 So Christ also did not take upon himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father (Or have begotten you)." 6 And he says in another place, "You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek." (See Psalm 110:4)