Great High Priest

All the garments worn by the Old Testament high priests were symbolic of being set apart for God’s work of atoning for sin

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Jesus is our Great High Priest.  Once a year the Great High Priest was the person entrusted to go into the Most Holy Place once a year in the temple to make a sacrifice that would atone for the sins of the people and for himself for that specific year.  The law required this to be done yearly.  

Aaron, brother of Moses was the first high priest appointed. From their birth, their life was consecrated to God, His Temple, and His people.  This was a holy position. All the garments worn by the Old Testament high priests were symbolic of being set apart for God’s work of atoning for sin. Only he was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place behind the veil to stand before God. Having made a sacrifice for himself and for the people, he then brought the blood into the Holy of Holies and sprinkled it on the mercy seat, God’s “throne”  

In the New Testament, we are told that Jesus is the High Priest forever.  

He atoned for the sin of the entire world when He bled and died on the cross. 

“We have a Great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.”  Hebrews 4: 14 

I love this next part: “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.”  Hebrews 4: 15 

So what does that mean for us now?  

We can approach the throne of grace with confidence so we can receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

We can access ourselves to God anytime and anywhere!  We can talk with Him all the time.
We now have a status of “right-standing” before God because of what Jesus did on the cross. He paid for all of our sins!  He died, we live. He suffered, we’re strengthened.  He took all of our sin and guilt upon Himself. Amazing isn’t it?  

Thank you, Lord, for being the sacrifice.  No longer does the sacrifice, the killing of an animal have to be offered up and atoned for yearly.  Jesus paid the price, once and for all, and for all time!  

Oh yes, it’s time to thank Him for what He has done. Being reminded of this makes me love Him even more! “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  John 15: 13 Jesus laid down His life and now calls us His friends.  

We are children and friends of God.

 

 

 


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Mary Beth Pecora, a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, friend, worshiper and servant leader, who loves life and loves people. More importantly, she passionately loves God and the fullness of who He is! For twenty-three years she has served in leadership positions within the ministry of Aglow International. Currently, she and her husband serve at The Secret Place--A Psalm 91 Ministry. It's a place for individual folks to come, be exhorted and prayed for, while being ushered to ministry stations within the room. They continue to serve monthly in the Prayer Room at their home church that they have been a part of for almost forty years. In April of 2022 they both received their Ministry License and will pursue Ordination in the fall. She delights in encouraging folks of all ages within various walks of life. Her love of writing is now her passion, which led her to publish two books, "Restoration Explosion In The New Year," and "Navigating The Mysteries Of God." Above all that’s been accomplished and concluded, the BEST thing to her is knowing her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is her everything—her very best friend. Visit: Mybelovedsvoice.com