After establishing that Jesus is not only a high priest for God’s people but a better high priest, the writer of Hebrews goes on to establish that everything about Jesus being our high priest is better than what the Jews had with their high priest.
“Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have this kind of high priest. He sat down at the right side of the throne of the majesty in the heavens. He’s serving as a priest in the holy place, which is the true meeting tent that God, not any human being, set up. Every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices. So it’s necessary for this high priest also to have something to offer. If he was located on earth, he wouldn’t be a priest because there are already others who offer gifts based on the Law.” (Hebrews 8:1-4 CEB)
The high priests of Israel initially served in a tent that people made, following in every detail “the pattern that I [God] showed you on the mountain” (Hebrews 8:5). Later, although not mentioned by our writer, the priests served in a temple, a building that Solomon had constructed. But our high priest serves in “the true meeting tent that God, not any human being, set up”. It is a “heavenly meeting tent” (Hebrews 8:5). It is in the presence of God himself. Continue reading “Jesus’ covenant is better”