Why the Role of a High Priest Still Matters
so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28 ESV)
As my High Priest, Jesus is both the Mediator and the Sacrifice.
As the God-Man Jesus is the perfection of divinity wrapped in the flesh and blood of humanity. He was tempted to sin, but never did. Jesus sympathizes with me because He understands me.
In the same way that Old Testament high priests – although themselves imperfect – interceded for (or stood in between) the people and God, Jesus – the perfect Mediator – stands between sinful man and a holy God, bridging the gap.
But what sets Jesus further apart from any other high priest is that He is not only the Mediator, but the actual Sacrifice!
John declared of Jesus: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) Jesus’ blood made the complete and final payment for every sin for all mankind for all eternity!
My High Priest literally gave His life so that I could live.
Having made the perfect sacrifice, He now sits at the right hand of God, interceding for me. And one day – very soon – he will return and bring me to be with Him for all eternity.
When I placed my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior, my spirit became saved (absolutely brand new and completely perfect).
On a daily basis, through discipleship, my soul is being saved. My mind, will, and emotions are being renewed every day.
One day my body will be saved. Whether through my death or at Jesus’ return, my body will take on immortality and I will be completely made whole – spirit, soul, and body.
Thank You Jesus for being my High Priest, my Mediator, and my Perfect Sacrifice!