Advent – December – 23 – Promised Priest
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely—in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby— if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth to it, and give it to him to whom it belongs on the day he realizes his guilt. And he shall bring to the priest as his compensation to the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering. And the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord, and he shall be forgiven for any of the things that one may do and thereby become guilty.”
- Leviticus 6:1 – 7
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
- Hebrews 4:14 – 16
In the greatest story ever told God established the priests in the Old Testament to point to Jesus. Their job was taxing and bloody because they continually brought animal sacrifices before God. These sacrifices communicated to God’s people that blood had to be shed for sins to be forgiven.
There were no chairs in the temple for the priests to rest from their work because their work was never done. They offered sacrifices daily because their sacrifices weren’t able to take away sin. Their sacrifices were pointing to a promise. One day God would send the Messiah, the perfect priest, who would offer a single sacrifice for sins.
Jesus came as the fulfillment to the roll of the priests, and with his single sacrifice he has perfected for all time those who trust in him. This is why Jesus’ coming is good news of great joy! Now we have a perfect priest who has given us perfect access to God.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Leviticus 6:1 – 7 and Hebrews 4:14 – 16?
How does knowing that Jesus is the ultimate priest in God’s story strengthen and encourage you this Christmas?