17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
In the closing verses of chapter 2 we gain an insight into Jesus’ true nature and role for humankind. In the Old Testament we read only the high priest was able to access the holies of holies and this was done only once a year (on the day of atonement). The high priest acted as a representative or mediator for Israel to make amends for their sins. But in the New Testament Jesus has assumed the responsibility of our high priest (because he is sinless) by taking on himself all of our iniquities and sins, and through the death on the cross and his resurrection, became our representative and mediator. Through this act we can now have access (not only once a year) but on a daily basis to God’s throne (Con)
Thoughts for the day
- Knowing the high price that has been paid for you to have access to God’s throne room, how often do you spend time with God?
- What does this passage tell you about God, Jesus and man?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you can share this message with?
Flick on a news site on your phone or computer and pray for a situation that is evolving today and the people involved.