8 Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being. 3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. 4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” 6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.
I love how this passage affirms that Jesus is our High Priest who serves from a position of authority. There is no one else who has set the example that Jesus did, no one else who offered the gift that Jesus has, and no one else who has sacrificed as Jesus did. The sacrifice of Himself to atone for our sins in this new covenant is an incredible gift! I am in awe of this blessing and undeserved favour.
Our human standards are simply not good enough. In fact, this passage declares that they are an imitation, a copy and a shadow of what is in heaven. Through Jesus, and His ministry, we have been gifted better promises.
How does this then challenge me? In knowing that Jesus is the high priest of the new covenant, I can rest in the fact that the Lord is in control. We can take comfort in knowing that our faith in Christ is built on a solid foundation for our lives. This leads to a sense of peace in knowing that the new covenant is established on better promises!
Lord, we thank you for the superior gifts and sacrifices you have made. We thank you for your immense and unconditional love for us. May we humble ourselves to you in wisdom, the High Priest of the new covenant, and echo your love as your hands and feet in this world. In your precious name, Jesus.
Written by Sven Bessesen