The Surpassing Greatness of Jesus: Jesus, Our Great High Priest
God created the office of priest to act as mediators and go-betweens who would serve as a bridge between a righteous God and unrighteous people. The way they mediated the relationship was by offering blood sacrifices of animals that would act as a substitute for the wrongdoer. The animal would be judge, condemned and killed in the place of the wrongdoer so that God could then accept the person. But this ancient system was deeply flawed because the priests were themselves sinners, and the animal sacrifice offered was disproportionate to the sin and the sinner. But Jesus, who is the Son of God, who offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin is the ultimate high priest. Jesus is our great high priest because He is victorious over sin and death, sympathetic to our weaknesses, perfect in meeting our needs for salvation, and He is the source of eternal salvation.