Using the letter “H” of our Christmas acronym of the names of Jesus (see post from December 1), today we’ll look at Jesus, our HIGH PRIEST.
You might wonder, “Why do I need a High Priest, anyway? I think I can manage without one.” NO! Let’s dig a little deeper.
In the Old Testament, the High Priest had a very important ministry. Besides teaching God’s Law, he spoke to man on God’s behalf and offered sacrifices for the sins of the people. In fact, only the High Priest could enter into the Most Holy Place once a year, on the Day of Atonement, to offer a blood sacrifice for the sins of God’s people. He was the only mediator between God and man.
In the book of Hebrews, written after Christ’s time, we find Him as our “merciful and faithful High Priest” (Hebrews 2:17). He came to our sinful world, was tempted and suffered just like mankind throughout history. BUT…He was sinless, and that’s why He gave Himself up and shed His own blood as a sacrifice for our sins. He sympathizes with our weaknesses. Even now, as our High Priest, He is interceding for us before our Holy Father God, and because He represents us, we are encouraged to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Yes, we all need Jesus as our High Priest. Let’s praise Him today because through Him we have confident access to our Most Holy God and His throne of grace.
What a gift! Enjoy it all year long!