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01/13/2015

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Our Great High Priest


"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess" (Heb.4:14).

In the Book of Hebrews, the author returns again and again to the theme of Jesus as our great High priest... "For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people" (Heb.2:17). Before the writer is finished, he will turn Gen.14:18-20 and Psa.110:4 into persuasive arguments that the priesthood of Jesus was a foreshadowing of Melchizedek and more precisely the high priesthood of Aaron. Both the prophets and priests of the Old Testament stood between God and the people. The priest's service was an upward one, as they took the offerings of the people and presented them to God in a way prescribed in the Law. The work and ideals of the prophets and priests, each in its own way, foreshadowed the work of the Son of God... On the Day of Atonement, the Aaronic high priest passed from the sight of the people into the Most Holy Place... Jesus passed from the sight of the watching disciples ("who has gone through the heavens") ascending through the heavens into the heavenly sanctuary, as His work of atonement was accomplished... Today's verse explains to us that "since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God..... let us hold firmly to the faith we profess..." He has sacrificed for us... He has shown us God's grace... He leads us to the Father... He mediates for us... He is our great High Priest. We'll take a closer look at the superiority of His priesthood tomorrow...

Have a great day.... ASAP Always Say A Prayer... Love mark Phil.4:111

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