Throughout the book of Hebrews we see Jesus referred to as the “Great High Priest.”
In fact, if you read through this New Testament text you will quickly see that presenting Jesus as our High Priest is the central theme of the entire letter. It is apparent that this is a very important title, and we know just from its repeated use that it must be relevant for the Christian life.
But if we are honest most of us do not know what a High Priest is, and if we don’t know what a High Priest is we cannot know what it means for Jesus to be a great one.
The concept of having a High Priest is certainly foreign to us as Christians, and even the Jewish faith has not had a High Priest since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD.
If you ignore the context of the Old Testament you will miss out on the richness of the New.
This is one of many areas which reveals that if you ignore the context of the Old Testament you will miss out on the richness of the New.