Thursday, October 31
“‘You are like Melchizedek, a King-Priest forever!’ The old order of priesthood has been set aside as weak and powerless. For the law has never made anyone perfect, but in its place is a far better hope which gives us confidence to experience intimacy with God!” – Hebrews 7:17-19
What a beautiful picture this is! The obligation of a high priest in the Old Testament was to atone Jews’ sins by sacrificing oxen, lambs, and/or a pair of doves or pigeons. These animals, whichever were being offered as a sacrifice, had to be spotless, clean and without blemish. There was also a catch though… Before the High Priest could offer a sacrifice for the Jews, he first had to offer a sacrifice for his own sins. The tradition of atonement would result in the Israelite laying their hands on the spotless animal. This symbolizes an impartation of their sin and uncleanliness transferring into the animal. Finally, the high priest would sacrifice the animal and offer it as one of five offerings: meal offering, peace offering, trespass offering, burnt offering, or a sin offering. What an exhausting and repetitive routine Jews had to commit to in the Old Covenant when the Law was still in effect!
When Jesus came and lived a perfect and holy life, we were set free from that old way of living! The New Testament explains that we are in a New Covenant and new system of doing things. The Bible tells us that Jesus is our spotless Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world. In addition, He is our great High Priest! Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we are forever forgiven and fully not guilty in the eyes of God. Jesus’ blood has washed us from all impurities and all guilt. His blood makes us acceptable to God and righteous. Live today knowing that Jesus is such a High Priest who “is able to save fully from now throughout eternity, everyone who comes to God through Him, because He lives to pray continually for [us].” Our High Priest is always for us. Christ is without sin and needs no sacrifice presented to Him for our restoration. He is our restoration and our freedom. Today, we can praise God because He has made us eternally right with God.
Blessings, Pastor Hunter