Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.
Jesus was ordained by God to fulfill the role of a priest. Not only a priest, but a high priest, chief among all priests. What does Jesus do in His role as a great high priest?
Priests served as mediators between God and His people. In ancient Israel, they constantly offered up sacrifices on behalf of the people. Being men, they understood the frailties and weaknesses of men. Appointed by God, Jesus was not like the priests that sacrificed in the tabernacle and temple in the Old Testament. First of all, He was not of the tribe of Levi. Only descendants of Levi were to be priests. Yet God appointed Him priest according to the order of Melchizedek. The priests that worked in the temple offered up various sacrifices for sin daily; Christ offered Himself. The high priest in the Old Testament offered atonement for the people, but also had to atone for himself. Christ had no need to atone for His sins, because He had none. He willingly atoned for the sins of His people even though there was no obligation for Him to do so. The Levitical priests died and were replaced; Jesus lives forever, holding His priesthood permanently, interceding on behalf of His own.
Christ’s role as high priest as making Him aloof and far away from us. While He is in an exalted position, He is our mediator between us and God. He can sympathize with our weaknesses, because He was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. We can boldly come to God through His perfect priestly role. Do not hesitate to avail yourself of Him for grace and mercy!
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.
Questions to Consider
- Have you ever considered how Jesus is a priest?