Good Morning Gorgeous,
It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to rise and trust that Jesus has broken down every barrier between God and mankind.
Jesus is the High Priest is really important, because it explains why we can approach God so freely now.
Jesus being our High Priest means that:
We no longer need a mediator between God and people aside from Jesus.
We no longer need animal sacrifices to cleanse sins.
We have a new covenant with God that was enacted by the sacrifice of Jesus and the setting in place by God Himself as Jesus the High Priest, forever.
Jesus fulfills all roles in ONE. There used to be a blemish free lamb needed for the remission of sins and the high priest would enter the holy of holies once a year to meet with the Presence of God and receive remission of sins for himself and the people.
Jesus became the blemish free lamb, and God ALSO appointed Him the High Priest. He fulfills both blood sacrifice and also appointed priesthood.
The first High Priest who spoke with God on behalf of the people was Moses and then it was passed to Aaron and then the High Priest position continued to be selected from the same line as Aaron and Moses, the tribe of Levi, or the Levites.
However, there was a great High Priest who appears on the scene in Abraham’s time who was a foreshadowing of Jesus. He was not from the priestly line of Levites. Instead he was both a King AND a Priest. (Sound familiar?)
And He was so great that Abraham gave him a tenth of all his plunder recognizing him as a priest unto God.
His name was Melchizedek and he is explained further in the book of Hebrews.
This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever. Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!
Hebrews 7:1-4 NIV
Just as Melchizedek was a King of Righteousness and Peace and also appointed by God, so Jesus us also selected by God to be a priest outside of the normal priestly order of the tribe of Levi.
Jesus is given His title as High Priest by God Himself:
And then a NEW Covenant was enacted! A NEW promise. A NEW way to approach God.
This is exciting NEWS!!!
Under the old covenant, the Jewish people were given a way to receive remission of sins by animal sacrifice and the mediator of the High Priest. This was a temporary foreshadowing of a better covenant to come.
The New Covenant was placed in effect with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
His blemish free life and sacrificial death takes care of the sacrifice, but His resurrection makes the sacrifice eternal. No other sacrifice ever needed.
Then, He was appointed by God to be the eternal High Priest who now intercedes for us and makes a way for us to speak with the Lord freely and boldly with reverence to His Lordship.
And so in Hebrews, we get such strong scriptures that explain that Jesus fulfilled all the law and all of the requirements needed for the remission of sin.
He became our perfect, eternal, exalted high priest who mediates between people and God.
He sits right at the right Hand of the Father fulfilling the role of priest!
The offering He brought before the Lord was HIMSELF.
And when someone dies, there is often times an inheritance divided. This inheritance is given to those still living. With Jesus’s death, a holy inheritance was released. We received the Holy Spirit, our seal of redemption, and the indwelling Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. We become the tabernacle where God resides! And we receive the promise of eternal salvation!
Paul was really trying to explain this to the Jewish people who had followed the first covenant given by God for thousands of years.
He is so trying to make it clear to the Jewish people that he states it in multiple ways throughout the book of Hebrews.
Here are several scriptures where Paul explains and explains the role of Jesus as high priest and a perfect sacrifice.
You’ll see as you read through them, the repetition. I almost left some out from this post thinking they were repetitive..but then I thought if Paul thought it important to say again and again, I would share several scriptures as well!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Jesus handles it ALL!
Before Jesus, one man, once a year entered the Presence… Now, all men and women, through faith in Jesus, can enter the Presence of God because we have an ETERNAL High Priest who fulfilled all requirements on our behalf!!
The Lord is Soooooo, soooo goood my friends! He saw our weakness. He saw our condition. He saw our hurts. He saw our pain. He saw our sin. He saw our sinful nature and our temptations. He came and sacrificially lived among us to die for us and fulfill all requirements of the law once and for all. For you and for me and for all who choose to call on His Name. For Jews and Non Jews. The gospel of Jesus Christ is for all who call on the Name of Jesus.
What a beautiful Name the name of Jesus is!
It is all we will ever need!
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the amazing gift of Jesus! Jesus’s miraculous birth, His Holy Spirit empowered life, His sacrificial death, His triumphant resurrection, the Act of sitting down at the Right Hand of the Father, and the outpouring of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit is the full Christmas Story AND the best gift we could ever recieve is YOU..
Thank You Lord,
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.