“Jesus Christ: Our High Priest” ( Hebrews 8: 1-2, NIV ) by Carley Evans

Our High Priest, Jesus Christ “meets our need.” He is “one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.” (Hebrews 7:26) Jesus is everything we are not. “He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day.” (Hebrews 7:27) His sacrifice is “once for all.” (Hebrews 7:27) And, on top of this truth, “He always lives to intercede” for those He loves. This is why we can say without equivocation that Jesus “is able to save completely those who come to God through Him.” (Hebrews 7:25)

Jesus’ sacrifice is “set up by the Lord, not by man.” (Hebrews 8:2) This is also why His sacrifice is completely effective; why nothing need be added to it. Jesus Himself cries out in triumph before His death on the cross: “It is accomplished [paid in full]!” (John 19:30)

Before God, those of us who come to Him through His Son, need not fear. Our salvation is a purchased gift, paid for in full by the blood of Jesus. No debt remains. Therefore, let us praise Him who “always lives to intercede for [us].” Amen.

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