Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 24
Jesus, the great high priest…
What we are seeing here is David organize the priests to take care of the sanctuary of God. Although we may see this picture as irrelevant or not applicable to our lives, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The priests were set to take care of God’s house. They had important roles and ultimately served to mediate between God and man. They kept guard and made sacrifices to God, in order to consecrate God’s people to God.
But as we can see from this passage, there was a need for many. Not one priest could oversee the long-term function of this important role. And no priest could do so for a short time, without continually making sacrifices for his own sin…until Jesus. Hebrews 7:23-28says,
“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the 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. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”
So what does this mean for your life?
Well, it means because of Jesus, continual sacrifices don’t need to be made for your ongoing sin. A final priest (Jesus) mad a final sacrifice (Jesus) for your sin. If you’re in Christ, it’s finished. Jesus fulfilled the role of the priest, and the sacrifice. He is the great high priest, as well as the slaughtered lamb. And a permanent sacrifice ensures that we can never lose our salvation. If we are in Christ, Jesus paid for it, and there is no more punishment left for us. He is the permanent priest and the permanent sacrifice.
It also means that Jesus constantly intercedes on our behalf, allowing us to come freely and confidently before the God of the universe. What a privilege.
And, it also means that we have a permanent and loving protector of the church. God himself. Jesus will take care of us and the rest of His church better than any human servant could do. The Priest who oversees us as the church is far greater than the priests who watched over the sanctuary.
So, although it may seem irrelevant and hard to grasp, God takes this seriously. So seriously that He set it up to work exactly like this. These are truths and implications that we, as the church, rest so much hope in.
So today, we thank Jesus for being our great high priest.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione