I’m in chapters 5-7 of Hebrews and am standing in awe, yet again, how we’re celebrating God becoming man for our sins. But not just to pay for our sins, but to give us life. Here’s what strikes me afresh:
“We don’t have a high priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to Him and get what He is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
“Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. But that also means that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the people’s….
“So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, He doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for His own sins every day before He can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up Himself as the sacrifice.“
What a contrast Jesus is to those high priests! He did what the Law and those earthly priests (and their good intentions) could never do for us: make us perfect and blameless. Amazing.
May you enjoy this Christmas, grateful for our perfect high priest who came and slept on hay as a baby…and died on a tree as a man.