Advent: Jesus, Our Priest

Jesus is our great high priest; once and for all.

  • 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens ​— ​Jesus the Son of God ​— ​let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)
  • Three functions of a Priest:
    • Represents the people before God: For every high priest taken from among men is appointed in matters pertaining to God… (Hebrews 5:1a)
    • Makes sacrifices for sins: God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he is also clothed with weakness. (Hebrews 5:1b-2)
    • Was a shadow of things to come
: So the previous command is annulled because it was weak and unprofitable 19 (for the law perfected nothing), but a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God. (Hebrews 7:18-19)
  • Christmas reminds us that Jesus…
    • Lived like us: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
    • Died for us
: For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do ​— ​first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself. (Hebrews 7:26-27)
    • Intercedes for us
: Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34)