Sunday Devotional: Hebrews 7:23-28

“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.  Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.  He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.  For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.”  Hebrews 7:23-28

In Old Testament days, there was a need for priests to intercede for the people before God.  But because the priests were human just like the people, they had to get right and offer sacrifices for themselves before offering sacrifices for the people for atonement of sins.  But Jesus changed all that.  Because He lived a perfect life as a man, he didn’t ever have to make atonement for Himself.  He was that ultimate sacrifice once for all.  Also, he lives today and is constantly interceding on behalf of those who are followers of Jesus.

This week, let this be a reminder that Jesus is advocating for us, interceding for us.  Let us go before Him with all our troubles, with all our concerns, with all our fears and all our hopes.


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