Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our Perfect High Priest (Part 4)

We now come to the final posts of our series entitled Our Perfect High Priest. For parts 1, 2 and 3 just click on the numbers. For the final post I just want to encourage you to go read the book of Hebrews. This is the book where we find Jesus being spoken of as our perfect High Priest. Here are a few verses from Hebrews to wet your appetite:

"Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people." (Hebrews 2:17)

"Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:14-15)

"We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:19-20)

"For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. " (Hebrews 7:26-28)

Noel Due says, "Because of who he [Jesus Christ] is, as Son of God and also one with his brothers, he is able to fully and completely fulfil the role of mediating high priest, representing God to the people, and the people to God."

Praise God for his great kindness!

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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