A priest stands between God and humans. The priest reaches out to God on behalf of humans, asking for grace and mercy.
The priest also reaches out to humans on behalf of God, asking humans to enter into a relationship with God.
Because Jesus is the Ultimate High Priest, he is all we need.
The Qualities of the Great High Priest.
God gave us his Son, who is the Ultimate High Priest. He has an awesome character and nature.
For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens (Hebrews 7.26).
Rather than quickly reading over Jesus’ characteristics, let’s examine each one of them.
— Holy – The basic meaning of holy is to be “totally other than” the created order.
As the Creator, God is not part of creation. He is holy, completely other than what he has created.
John identified Jesus as God’s Agent of creation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being (John 1.1-3).
“Holy” is the perfect description of Jesus’ character. It is understood that he is morally right and righteous, too.
— Blameless – As our blameless High Priest, Jesus is without guile or fraud. He is harmless and completely free from guilt.
— Undefiled – Jesus is free from any contamination and is unspoiled in any way.
— Separated from sinners – As the perfect High Priest, Jesus is seated at the right hand of Majesty on high (Hebrews 1.3).
He brings our needs before God from this position of authority and power.
— Exalted above the heavens – Jesus earned a place of exaltation through total obedience to the Father, including obedience amid great suffering.
The Ultimate Sacrifice
Other high priests sacrificed pure animals for their own sins and those of the people.
Jesus, our Ultimate High Priest, did not need to provide a sacrifice for his sins because he was sinless. In addition, he was the sacrifice for the sins of the entire world.
Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself (Hebrews. 7.27).
Jesus’ self-sacrifice contrasts with the priests of old.
The best choice we can make in life is to respond to his role as High Priest is that of faith and obedience.
We will never sacrifice like Jesus, but we can strive to live a life like his.
Verse 28 is a summary of the previous verses.
For the law appoints as high priests humans, who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever (Hebrews 7.28).
Jesus, our Ultimate High Priest, intercedes for us from a position of ultimate authority. As such, he is worthy of worship, trust, and so much more.
Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.
I am indebted to Gareth Lee Cockerill’s commentary on Hebrews for the information contained in this blog.
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