Jesus, then, is the High Priest that meets our needs. He is holy; he has no fault or sin in him; he has been set apart from sinners and raised above the heavens. (Hebrews 7:26 GNT)

 In earlier verses the writer has contrasted the limitations of the mortal priesthood – they are prevented by death from continuing in office and ministry (v.23), there is then the recognition that Jesus can, and does, hold this priesthood permanently because he continues forever (v.24).

Jesus is the high priest who is making intercession on behalf of all believers – it is fitting that he does so as the words that describe him highlight his excellence in terms of his sinfulness (holy, of no fault or sin, set apart from sinners) and in relation to his heavenly position (exalted).

Can we take a moment to consider each of these titles and their significance for us.

 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:7)

 The Law of Moses appoints men who are imperfect to be high priests; but God’s promise made with the vow, which came later than the Law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever. (Hebrews 7:28 GNT)

 The whole point of what we are saying is that we have such a High Priest, who sits at the right of the throne of the Divine Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 8:1 GNT)

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