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Jesus as the High Priest
Bible Passage Hebrews 8:1-12
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Hebrews.

Jesus as the High Priest

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 16, 2022

1 Now here is a summary of the things being discussed: We have such a High Priest Who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

2 A Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord set up, and not man.

3 For every high priest is ordained to offer both gifts and sacrifices; therefore, it is necessary for this One also to have something that He can offer.

4 Now on the one hand, if He were on earth He would not even be a priest since there are priests who offer gifts according to the priestly law;

5 Who serves as a representation and shadow of the heavenly things, exactly as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to construct the tabernacle: “For see,” says He, “that you make all things according to the pattern that was shown to you in the mountain.”

6 But on the other hand, He has obtained a supremely more excellent ministry, as much greater as the superior covenant of which He is also Mediator, which was established upon superior promises.

7 For if the first covenant had been faultless, then no provision for a second covenant would have been made.

8 But since He found fault with them, He says, “’Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah;

9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,’ says the Lord.

10 ‘For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days,’ says the Lord: ‘I will give My laws into their minds, and I will inscribe them upon their hearts, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.

11 And they will no longer teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, “Know the Lord” because all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them;

12 For I will be merciful toward their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessness I will not remember ever again.’ ”

Jews had priests from the family of Aaron who was of the levitical order. The high priest is expected to enter the holiest place of the temple once a year.

Christ the great high priest lives in the actual presence of God forever. Levitical priests offered animal sacrifices, but Christ offered Himself. He did not make this offering as a Levitical priest (for he was not of the family of Aaron), but the work of the Levitical priests pictured His work. The sacrifices they offered were a picture of Christ’s sacrifice of Himself. They served as a representation and shadow of Christ and divine things.

The old priesthood failed along with the old covenant. Therefore, a new and greater priesthood is necessary for a new and greater covenant. The new priesthood is Christ’s (verses 6-7).
God never intended the old covenant to be permanent. It was given for Israel’s benefit, but it failed to produce the promised blessings because the people failed to obey its commandments. The new covenant cannot fail, because it depends not on people’s obedience to a set of laws, but on God’s grace in changing people from within. He gives them inner spiritual life that makes them loyal to Him and enables them to do His will (verses 8-10).

Priests were no longer necessary to mediate between people and God because all believers know God personally. They have direct fellowship with Him because He has taken away their sins (verses 11-12).

So exists a great difference between the photocopy priesthood and sacrifices and the original one; which is Christ Himself. But of course, this difference is expected because photocopy and original are not the same. The difference between the two is often clear.

🔷 Christ is the true lamb that was slain to wipe away our sins permanently

🔷 Jesus must be in our hearts and affect everything we do to

💥 Ask God to receive you a new person and stay in your heart

As we come to Jesus, He accepts us wholly and cleanses us of all debt and sins. This merciful Christ came to fill the chasm between us and God and reconciled us. No goats and rams are required any longer since can just get to Him as the true mediator.

In series Bright Morning Reflections