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Today we focus on the high priestly ministry of Jesus Christ. That Jesus is our high priest is indeed a major theme in the Epistle of Hebrews that begins in chapter 4:14 and extends to chapter 7:28. The word priest occurs over thirty times in Hebrews, whereas it appears about three times in all the other epistles of the New Testament combined. In ancient Israel, the priest played at least two major roles: On one hand he represented the people before God. On the other hand, he spoke and acted for God to the people. This office of the priest was established by God to do his will and for the benefit of the people. In our discussion today, we consider a few things which the writer says on the high priestly ministry of Jesus.

Firstly, in chapter 4 the writer wants us to know that we have Jesus as our high priest and he is able to truly help us in the time of need. That Jesus Christ is both great and has gone through the heavens (v.14). The emphasis here is that there is no necessity for anyone to give up faith under the pressure of peril or persecution, for the help needed to stand is both sympathetically offered and fully effective (vs. 15-16). It is however sad that despite this encouragement, many believers look only for human help, and if it is not available, they succumb quickly to discouragement, defeat, despair and even suicide. Just like Melchizedek refreshed and strengthened Abraham (chapter 7; Cf. Genesis 14:18), so does Jesus Christ refresh and strengthen those who come to his throne of grace for help.

Secondly, all the Levitical priests in the order of Aaron eventually die but, Jesus as Psalm 110:4 states, the one who ministers in the order of Melchizedek (Jesus Christ) lives forever. All limitations created by sinful humanity are removed and a perfect priest now serves who works effectively and lives forever. The Levitical priesthood was brought to an end because its purpose was fulfilled. It is, and always has been, weak and useless to go further and
actually remove sin. A better hope is brought in to replace the law and can do what the law could not do – to remove sin and enable us to draw near to God. All these have perfectly been done in the person of Jesus Christ. Important to remember as earlier noted, apart from the removal of sin, the believers also need a continuing supply of refreshment, strength and wisdom to enable them live in a hostile world and this is now supplied through the high priesthood of Jesus.

Thirdly, the high priesthood of Jesus offers a better sacrifice. In chapter 10:11-12, we are told that the priest stands daily at his service, offers repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God … for by a single sacrifice he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Anything you and I would offer up as a sacrifice for our sins cannot do the
job just as in the Old Testament animal sacrifices. That Jesus our great high priest has offered up the perfect sacrifice of himself for our sins is the good news of Christmas to the whole world (John 1:29).

The letter to the Hebrews is an encouragement to us for it points us to the one who is serving as our own high priest – Jesus Christ. Now that we know our sins are forgiven through him, and have a sure hope of eternal life in his presence, let us hold fast to our confession and consistently continue to encourage one another in the things of God
(10:23-25). Have a refreshed week a head!

 

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