God designated Jesus to be our High Priest—to intercede for us and make atonement for our sins.

God designated Jesus to be our High Priest—to intercede for us and make atonement for our sins.

BibleGateway: Hebrews 4:14-5:6

ESV Text: Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Hebrews 4:14–5:6 (Listen)

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

5:1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,


  “You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;

as he says also in another place,


  “You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

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14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.(KJV)


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     1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 158 :
Glory be to Jesus

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1. Glory be to Jesus, 
Who in bitter pains 
Poured for me the life-blood 
From His sacred veins! 

2. Grace and life eternal 
In that blood I find; 
Blest be His compassion, 
Infinitely kind! 

3. Blest through endless ages 
Be the precious stream 
Which from endless torments 
Did the world redeem! 

4. Abel’s blood for vengeance 
Pleaded to the skies; 
But the blood of Jesus 
For our pardon cries. 

5. Oft as earth exulting 
Wafts its praise on high, 
Angel hosts rejoicing 
Make their glad reply. 

6. Lift we, then, our voices, 
Swell the mighty flood, 
Louder still and louder 
Praise the precious blood! 


Hymn: LSB 564 :
Christ Sits at God’s Right Hand

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