23rd Sunday after Pentecost | October 28, 2018
23 There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. 24 But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. 25 Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.
26 He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. 27 Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. 28 The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.
Hebrews 7:23-28 New Living Translation (NLT)
What a great passage of encouragement. Last week the writer of Hebrews was making the point that Jesus is our great high priest. The author here goes on to say that no longer do we need multiple priests because Jesus lives forever. The reason the Hebrews needed so many priests was because of death and they couldn’t remain in office forever. But Jesus is the great high priest – Jesus lives forever and Jesus is mighty to save through the shedding of blood. Jesus is able – once and for all time to save. It is awesome that God made Jesus to be our high priest. He is the only one able to be our high priest. Jesus is the sinless, Lamb of God. Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus doesn’t have to shed the blood over and over again to atone for our sins. Atone means that Jesus’ blood makes us at one with God again. Even better yet, Jesus is praying for us – Jesus is interceding for us – he is mediating for us.
The writer of Hebrews goes on to tell us that this great high priest is the only kind of priest we need – he is holy – he is blameless – he is unstained by sin. He is set apart and now this great high priest sits in the place of highest honor. No longer to we need offer sacrifices every day for our sins because Jesus transcended time and space. Jesus died once for all people – for all time. He is the only one worthy to take away our sins because of his sinless sacrifice, he was able to wash away our sins.