The incomparably greater High Priest.
“Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.” Hebrews 8:1, 2, NKJV. The high priests who descended from Aaron could never sit at the right hand of the throne of God. Why? Because priests according to the order of Aaron could not offer a perfect and final sacrifice for sin. They were not able to reconcile the people to God because, the sacrifices they offered could not clear the conscience of the people. Hebrews 9:9. The high priests according to the order of Aaron, were to inform the people what God will do, in the fullness of time, to remove that which separated them from Him. However, in the High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek, the humankind was united with God in flesh and blood. Also, in the New High Priest, our conscience is clear, and God is with us forever. Hebrews 9:14.
A high priest, according to the order of Aaron, could neither bring himself nor something of his own to God as a final sacrifice for sin. He only could bring an animal, and take its blood into the “Most Holy,” but not his blood. However, Jesus Christ, the perfect High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek, brought and offered Himself as the sacrifice for removal of sin; and He took His own blood into the Most Holy in heaven, and into the presence of God. Revelation chapters 4 & 5. The “blood of Jesus Christ” refers to His immortal life, and not to His human blood which flowed from His body to the ground at the cross at Golgotha.
A high priest, according to the order of Aaron, could not forever remain a high priest. His service was temporary, and therefore, he could only offer a temporary sacrifice. The sacrifices for sin in the shadow temple had to be repeated annually. However, Jesus Christ, the Perfect High Priest, who remains forever, offered one sacrifice for all time, and for the entire humankind. Aaron’s priesthood could offer a sacrifice for the people associated with the temporary temple. Jesus’ sacrifice is forever because He lives forever, and His body, which is His temple, is forever. His sacrifice for sin could not be repeated ever. “Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.” Hebrews 7:23, 24, NKJV.
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