July 24th Devotion
Jesus, our High priest
In the old testament we learn and see that there is a barrier between God and man. A barrier that separates them from having a one on one relationship and conversation with God. However, this was not always the case. When God first created man, He was able to walk alongside Adam, and to talk with Him and to have a conversation as if He was right next to you. But because Adam and Eve disobeyed, that one on one relationship with God that once existed is now gone. No longer were the people of the old testament able to freely talk to God or listen to Him.
Thus came the roles of the High priest to become an intercessor to the believers. They were able to communicate with God, and to give instructions, and teachings, guiding believers and helping them with their growth to God. These high priests however were not perfect, just like other people, they were also sinful and as verse 17 shows that high priests have to still offer sacrifices for both their sins and others in order to continue fulfilling their duties and to be within their covenant with God.
But there is a hope found in a new high priest, one that is “holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” that Hope is found in Jesus, and he is the perfect high priest. Through Him our relationship with God is restored. Because of Him the barrier between man and God has been broken and we are able to reconcile our relationship thus having that one to one relationship again with God. Through Christ we are saved.