Jesus: Taken from Among Men
Day: 15 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews
Today's Reading: Hebrews 5
Hebrews 5:2 (NIV) “He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness.”
In Hebrews 5, the author continues presenting his case for the superiority of Christ. This time demonstrating how Jesus perfectly fulfilled two primary qualifications of the high priest: appointed by God and taken from among men. First, let’s study how the high priest was taken from among men. In our More Moment, we will look at how he was appointed by God.
The Levitical high priest taken from among men
God did not choose a saint or an angel or a stone figure to fill this role. He intentionally chose a human being, a priest from the tribe of Levi, one of the 12 tribes of Israel. (Exodus 28) The high priest’s humanity ensured the Israelites found compassion and understanding at the tabernacle gate. They gave their offerings to a man who knew what it was to struggle with temptation, to lose control, to be poor, to be sick, to suffer.
The law also stipulated that before the high priest could present offerings on behalf of the people, he had to humble himself before God and offer sacrifices for his own sin. Again ensuring the high priest identified with those coming day and night with their offerings.
The Great High Priest left His rightful place in heaven to become man.
Although Jesus was not literally taken from among men, He left heaven, came to earth and became one of us.
“[Jesus] Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:6-7).
When the time was right, Jesus left His glorious home in heaven, His honored seat at the right hand of His Father. He poured every ounce of His holiness into Mary’s womb and became one of us.
Jesus grew as a man. He endured trouble and heartache. He entered into relationships and friendships. He experienced everything we think and feel. He even walked through times of temptation. Our Jesus did this so that He could sympathize and deal gently with us. Meet us … in grief … in poverty … in loneliness … in hopelessness. And most especially in the depths of our sin and temptation. (Hebrews 4:15)
And like the high priest, Jesus offered a sacrifice on our behalf.
But His sacrifice was different. It was personal.
He offered Himself. (Hebrews 5:9)
In His suffering and death, Jesus fulfilled that last requirement of the office of the high priest. He offered not just any blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin. He offered His blood.
The high priest offered only temporary forgiveness. Jesus offers eternal forgiveness. Once and for all forgiveness.
Friend, Jesus’ sacrifice frees us from all that holds us captive. And He is not only our Savior, He is our intercessor. Our names are on His lips. He pleads our case before God. He is our Great High Priest. Our advocate now and forever!
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the gift of Your Son, Jesus. Because of Your great love and grace, we no longer have to offer blood sacrifices at a tabernacle. Thank You, Jesus, that we can simply cry out to You, confess our sins and receive immediate forgiveness. Our crimson stained hearts are washed white as snow. Keep my heart ever grateful for what You did for me on Calvary. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Earlier today we studied the second requirement for the Old Testament high priest: taken from... Read More
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