Old Testament High Priest and Jesus Christ

High Priest

Jesus Christ

Earthly Ministry (Heb. 5:1; 8:5) Heavenly Ministry (Heb. 4:14, 6:19; 8:1, 2; 9:11, 24)
A Sinner (Heb. 5:3) Without Sin (Heb. 4:15)


High Priest came from Aaron’s line (Heb. 5:4, 7:11) Jesus came in the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6, 10; 7:3)
Became a priest because of his ancestry (Heb. 7:16) Became our High Priest on the basis of the power of an indestructible life (Heb. 7:16)
Death prevented them from continuing in office (Heb. 7:23) Jesus lives forever; He has a permanent priesthood. He always lives to intercede for us (Heb. 7:24, 25)
Had to offer sacrifices for sin daily (Heb. 7:27) Jesus sacrificed for our sins once for all (Heb.
Able to deal gently with others because he himself was subject to weakness (Heb. 5:2) Jesus, able to meet our need because He is holy, blameless, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens (Heb. 7:26; 4:15, 16).
Law appoints as priests men who are weak (Heb. 7:28) But God’s oath appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever (Heb. 7:28; 5:8, 9)
Offered gifts and sacrifices (Heb. 8:3) which could not clear the conscience of the worshipper (Heb. 9:9, 10). Only outward cleansing (9:13). The Blood of Christ cleanses our consciences from acts that lead to death to enable us to serve the living God (Heb. 9:14)
Ministry was made obsolete (Heb. 8:13) because of the failure of the people (Heb. 8:7, 8) Ministry superior because it if founded on better promises (Heb. 8:6)
Entered the Most Holy Place once every year by the blood of goats and calves (Heb. 9:12, 25). But Jesus entered the Most Holy Place, once for all, by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption (Heb. 9:12, 26)

Instead of sacrifices God prepared a body for Jesus Christ so that He could offer Himself as the once for all sacrifice for sin. Read Hebrews 10:5—10; then 10:1—4, and finally Psalm 40:6—8 which prophetically talked about Jesus coming to do God’s will and sacrificing His body for us!

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