Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)
This month at Calvary we continue in the study of the book of Hebrews and the supremacy of Christ. Today we looked at the priesthood of Jesus and how superior He was to any priest who ever lived. Here’s some great things to remember about Jesus: He is sympathetic. His knowledge knows no equal. He is accessible. He is eternal.
Priests of the temple were appointed by reason of their lineage to serve as priests. Jesus, as our great High Priest, was also appointed by His lineage — being the only begotten Son of God as it states in the Gospel of John: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (NIV).
So what did priests do? They interceded for man with God. They made sacrifices. They taught scripture. What are some of the things Jesus did? He taught us to pray. He interceded on our behalf with His Father. He made the ultimate, final sacrifice for our sins: Himself. He taught scripture from the perspective of one who was there when it was written! The Bible tells us that there is one God and one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; – 1 Timothy 2:5). Unlike earthly priests, who are here today and gone tomorrow, Jesus is forever: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 (NLT).
So, if you find yourself in need of the services of a priest, turn to the One who can really do something about your situation and will never let you down – Jesus!