Day 19: Day of Atonement (Part 3)
Jesus: Our High Priest
Published on 28 February 2020
Not only is Jesus the ultimate fulfilment of the Day of Atonement sacrifice, He is also the ultimate fulfilment of the High Priest. In the Old Covenant, if your sins needed to be forgiven, you would need to go to the High Priest so that he could make a sacrifice on your behalf.
In the New Covenant, Jesus is our High Priest and mediator. This is certainly something to be thankful for. If we need forgiveness, we can go straight to Him. If we need healing, we can go straight to Him. If we need comfort, we can go to Him. Anything that we may need in this challenging life, we can go straight to Jesus. This is why Hebrews 10:21-22 says “since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith.” In this time of prayer and feasting, let us celebrate that Jesus is our High Priest. With Jesus as our High Priest we can approach Him boldly and with faith.
Take the time to think about the things that you may need to pray about in your life and in the lives of those around you. Remember that with Jesus as our High Priest, we can go boldly to God and that He already understands our needs. Thank Him for your already purchased victory!
Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way He has opened for us through the curtain (that is, His flesh), and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22 (HCSB)
But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), He entered the most holy place once for all, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow, sprinkling those who are defiled, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:11-14 (HCSB)
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