Jesus Christ – Our Great High Priest — Hebrews 4:14-15
God has provided us a GREAT High Priest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
This passage of Scripture reveals both the humility and the availability of our High Priest. Paul further explains this in Hebrews 2:9: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” The beauty of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ is inexhaustible, however, one of the truths of His Priesthood in which every believer should both understand and rejoice is realized by contrast to all other religions.
Every one of man’s religions presents a god who is a far off, which is to say, a god who is untouchable and unreachable on a personal level. Yet, we see Jesus who humbled Himself, even to death, that He might personally identify with man so that we might be restored to a personal relationship with the Heavenly Father. In verse 15, the Scriptures declare that Jesus identifies with us: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities . . .” Verse 15 must be viewed in light of the previous verse. Vs 14 “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” In this verse we are told that Jesus is our Great High Priest and that He is passed into the Heavens. Yet, we are also told, in verse 15, that although Jesus has ascended into Heaven, He not only relates to us, but He understands us.
The question remains, “How can a God who is perfect and all powerful understand me?” First, we must always remember that He is Creator. Second, through His Redemptive Plan He identified with His fallen creation:
- He was born of woman – Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
- He lived among men – John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
- He knew the burden of sin (although He never sinned) – I John 3:5 “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” II Corinthians 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
- He knew what it was to be hungry – Luke 4:2 “Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.”
- He knew what it was to be tired – Mark 4:38 “And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?”
- He knew what it was to be tempted – Luke 4:2 “Being forty days tempted of the devil…”
The Scriptures plainly teach us that He took on this flesh and with it experienced all that we do yet without sin — Hebrews 7:26 “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;”
Jesus Christ became flesh, as we are, and yet, all the while He remained Who He is, holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
Oh what a Savior! Oh what a High Priest!