FOR READING: Hebrews 4: 14-16
MEMORY VERSE: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness Hebrews 4: 15a (NIV)
In the Old Testament, God commanded Moses to consecrate Aaron and his sons to be priest unto the Lord. But not without a sacrifice, Moses told Aaron “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering to make atonement for yourself and the people, sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded”. (Leviticus 9:7). There were very many rules and regulations to follow.
The priests themselves must sacrifice sin offering before they could minister before the Lord on behalf of the people.
Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu offered “unauthorized fire” before the LORD, contrary to his command and they died. If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood, then there would have been no need for another Priest in the order of Melchizedek. The Old Testament priesthood was only a foreshadow of the Perfect High Priest to come.
Jesus the Son of God has become our great High Priest. He is God incarnate who when He resurrected, has gone into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us.
Jesus does not need to make atonement for His own sins in order to be able to make atonement for our sins. In humanity, He was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us therefore, hold firmly to our faith for Jesus, our great High Priest sympathizes with our weaknesses and keeps on saying “Father, forgive them”.
Do I know that Jesus became the Lamb that was slain on my behalf?
Thank you, Lord Jesus, our great High Priest, for interceding for us. Amen.
Jesus took our sins that we might have His salvation.