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A Great High Priest

One of the many great things about our relationship with God is that “we have a Great High Priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus, the Son of God” (Hebrews 4:14). Yes, indeed, our Great High Priest is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son who is far superior to all earthly priests. Even Aaron who, on the Day of Atonement, entered the Holy of Holies once a year and sprinkled blood to atone, first for his own sins, and those of the people.

It is most noteworthy that we are exhorted to “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1). He is highly worthy of our consideration because He is now seated at God’s right hand as the “Apostle and High priest of our confession.” This is our hope and assurance. We must consider all Jesus has done for us during His earthly ministry, His sacrificial death, glorious resurrection, and ascension. And, right now He is representing us in God’s presence as our intercessor and advocate.

Before becoming the Christian’s High Priest, Jesus had to be made “a little lower than the angels” for a little time. We read, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, that He, by the grace of God, should taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9). All this was in God’s redemptive plan for man’s salvation. Jesus was God’s gift to the world (John 3:16), having come in “human form,” tabernacled among men and subsequently going to the cross to shed His blood and die as our substitute. But now, “He is crowned with glory and honor, that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man”

It is interesting to realize that certain conditions had to be met before Jesus became our High Priest. He assumed true humanity in all aspects except for the fact He was “without sin.” The Bible clearly states, “Wherefore, in all things it behooved him to be made like His brothers that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17). It was on the cross reconciliation was accomplished, “having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20).