14 “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16, NIV
There is some really great commentary, again, which you can read if you are interested, but today, I will use my handy “Luther’s Small Catechism”, to share why this name for Jesus is so appropriate.
“As Priest, Christ
- fulfilled the Law perfectly in our stead
- sacrificed Himself for our sins
- still pleads for us with His heavenly Father.” (Luther’s Small Catechism, with Explanation)
It is amazing to me to see that it is no coincidence that Jesus came for a purpose. His birth, life and teachings all were important in displaying who God was through Him.
It must have been hard for some of the people to understand that they no longer needed to follow the laws, which were impossible to live out perfectly. But Jesus came so that we no longer had to live out the law perfectly. He was born so he could die. Not just as any other person, but as a sacrifice from God for our eternal life. And I love the third one because he shows how Jesus is still active in our lives today. Just because he is now in heaven, does not mean he is not with us. He is daily interceding for us.