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Jesus Is Our High Priest
The Book of Hebrews is devoted to the high-priestly ministry of Jesus Christ. It was the responsibility of the high priest to represent the people before God and to offer sacrifice for sin so that God might forgive and cleanse the people. This was all a shadow or a picture to illustrate the coming of Jesus Christ.
The Book of Hebrews focuses on the fact that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, came to earth to be God’s High Priest. He represented the people before God and offered a sacrifice on their behalf that took care of sin by paying its penalty.
The emphasis of an eternal redemption is crucial. The death of Jesus Christ secured salvation for eternity. The writer of the Book of Hebrews wrote:
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption (Heb. 9:11,12).
Christ did not carry out His sacrifice in an earthly tabernacle or in an earthly temple made with hands. He did not offer animals as the sacrifice for sin. Rather, He offered His own blood and body to God in heaven. By that sacrifice of Himself, He obtained for us an eternal redemption.