“Now there have been many of those priests,
since death prevented them from continuing in office;
but because Jesus lives forever,
he has a permanent priesthood”
With his focus on the Lord Jesus the writer to the Hebrews goes on to draw a sharp distinction between the Levitical priests of the Old Testament, the priests as the people knew them, and the high priestly ministry of Jesus.
Firstly, Jesus priesthood is eternal. The Levitical priests died and were replaced by others. Jesus Christ however ‘lives forever” (v24). And in that ‘permanent priesthood’
- “He is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:25)
Secondly, Jesus is without sin. The other priests were themselves guilty of sin and were always required to offer sacrifices for themselves before they did so on behalf of the people. Jesus had no sin and was Himself the One without blemish who ‘takes away the sins of the world.’
Thirdly, Jesus sacrifice of Himself was the one, perfect and sufficient sacrifice. It did not need to be a daily sacrifice as had been the case – and would never have to be repeated … ever.
The priesthood of Jesus was and is perfect. His life was sinless, His bearing of sin complete, and His representing us to God the Father eternal.
- “Such a high priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26)
And as in Jesus Christ, our great high priest, we have a revelation of the Father (John 14:7) the Father now has a revelation of us in Him – ‘ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven.’
Everything about me comes together in the Lord Jesus – my sins are forgiven, my relationship restored, my life transformed .. for eternity.
Lord Jesus there are no words with which to express my gratefulness, and the honour, glory and praise that is Your due. Help me to bless You with my faith and love now and forever. Amen.