Hebrews 8:1 “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the Heavens.”
- Hebrews 4:14-16(ESV) Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- Hebrews 7: 26-27 (ESV) “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.”
- Hebrews 2:17-18 (ESV) “Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
In the Old Testament the High Priest would burn incense daily and would change the showbread weekly. “The table of showbread was a small table made of acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold. It measured 3 feet by 1.5 feet and was 2 feet, 3 inches high. It stood on the right side of the Holy Place across from the lampstand and held 12 loaves of bread, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The priests baked the bread with fine flour and it remained on the table before the Lord for a week; every Sabbath day the priests would remove it and eat it in the Holy Place, then put fresh bread on the table. Only priests could eat the bread, and it could only be eaten in the Holy Place, because it was holy.” (The Tabernacle Place) Then once a year the High Priest would enter God’s Sanctuary on the Day of Atonement, which is probably the most important Jewish Holiday. A day to atone for sins.
Jesus came and it was through His sacrifice and the shedding of his blood that makes Him the perfect atonement for all of our sins. It is Jesus’ blood that washes all sins away. There is no sin too ugly, too great that Jesus cannot cleanse and make you holy and clean.
Each of us sin. Though some sins are unseen or well hidden, we all need to remember that Jesus died for each and every one of us. We will all face hard times and temptations. There will be times when are faith waivers, our doubts take over and our strength fails. We need to remember that Jesus is our hope. He is always our mediator with God.