Jesus is our great high priest, perfect in all ways, full of mercy and grace. He is one who can sympathize with our human weakness yet is still perfect Himself. Jesus is holy and blameless and pure – set apart from sinners in this, yet also interceding on our behalf. What great love the Father has lavished on us through His Son!
Unlike human priests (and pastors) who sin and struggle with life, Jesus forever remains our great high priest. Jesus will live and serve forever – at least until He returns! In His role as the great high priest He gives us access to the Father. He is the conduit through who we can begin to know God. Jesus also intercedes on our behalf to bring about our salvation. Lastly, in His time here on earth, Jesus gives us the example of what God’s love lived out looks like.
What does all of this mean for you and me in our daily lives? It means we have a savior who we can go to and draw strength from at any time and for any need. It means we have a friend who is on our side. Even though He sits enthroned beside God almighty, He still intercedes before God on our behalf. Through the strength He gives and through the intercession He provides, He makes our salvation possible. On our own we would surely fail. And Jesus provides us the perfect example of how to live. Although we will never attain perfection, still we strive to love God and neighbor as Jesus loved them. Oh perfecter of our faith, oh great high priest, lead us this day and every day!
Scripture reference: Hebrews 7: 23-28