Let us look at Jesus as the High Priest as he is compared to a high priest in the Old Testament. We find this in the Book of Hebrews. The unknown author of Hebrews is writing to a congregation of Hebrew Christians who are in danger of returning to Judaism. The well-versed writer argues for the New Covenant of Jesus Christ and the supremacy of Jesus as the God of God and “the Radiance of God.” He establishes the priesthood of Christ on the order of Melchizedek and the ability of Jesus Christ to atone for our sin (The Old Testament sacrifices) once and for all. In Hebrews, the New Covenant of Jesus Christ of forgiveness that is fulfilled by the Christ and the New Covenant, unique from all others, is compete and final in the Christ.
If we look at Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-24, he pronounced a blessing on Abraham as Abraham returned to Hebron. Melchizedek is described as a priest of God Most High and again in Psalms 110 as it describes the Christ as the Priest King on the order of Melchizedek. Then returning to Hebrews 11, we see Jesus Christ compared to Melchizedek, unlike the Levitical priest, but “by the power of an indestructible life” and “a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Christ is the High Priest in heaven who intercedes without the offering of animals or blood because He paid the ultimate price of His own blood for humanity.
One of my favorite passages in Hebrews is Hebrews 8-9. This passage gives me peace in this world because it explains Christ, the High Priest, seated on the right side of the throne of God. In Hebrews 9: 14-15 the writer says, “ How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.” And in verse 28 the writer of Hebrews states, “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Christ died for my sins and that is an eternal promise of God in John 3:16. These passages bring me such peace of mind! We look forward to the season of Easter as Lent begins. May we bow down on bended knee to give thanks for the gift of eternal life guaranteed by Jesus, the Messiah!