Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Focusing on Jesus in Hebrews is to see him as completely God, completely human, one who lived a real human existence to the core. And was made perfect in his sufferings so that he might be a faithful high priest to all who believe in him. Exalted to the right hand of the Father, he ever lives to intercede for them. And he ministers in the perfect tabernacle in heaven. Whatever these things mean (and much more from that book), we are directed to look at Jesus, the one who brings in the new covenant, a better hope by which our sins are forgiven, we are cleansed and being made holy, and by which we come near to God.
But the passage quoted above especially got my attention yesterday. We are so accustomed to emphasizing Jesus’ humanity and commonality with us that we can easily forget his glory, not just a glory that is removed from us, from which we need to shield our eyes, but a glory which is for us, for our good, indeed for our salvation- past, present and future.
Jesus is like us, but he is also unlike us. Both. And we need both for our salvation. When I say salvation, I don’t mean simply past conversion. I mean that and much more. Present salvation, in which we are being saved, and future salvation when we will be saved, as scripture makes clear.
We need to try to get the whole picture given to us in Hebrews. A slow reading of the book would be good. Both in one sitting and slowly over time meditating on each part.
Back to the point which struck me yesterday: Jesus being unlike us in his being holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens- we need that. By that and his sacrifice once for all for our sins being our great and faithful high priest to represent us to ‘God. Jesus in his full humanity and deity (again, read the entire book of Hebrews). The sure hope and promise from God to us.