High Priest of Christmas
Read Hebrews 1:1 through 6:20
Singing Christmas carols about the Infant born in Bethlehem’s manger brings many warm memories and joy during stressful, hectic days of holiday preparation. Today’s passage takes the reader beyond those thoughts to the very purpose for Christmas.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin (Hebrews 4:15).
God’s plan for redemption required Jesus to enter the world and experience those things common to all people. He set aside His heavenly state to become a helpless infant, grow as a child, and experience all of the struggles that come with life. As a result of these experiences, He can empathize with the cares and weaknesses of life. These experiences make Him the perfect high priest who can intercede before God for His people. Remembering Christ as the high priest of Christmas helps bring focus to the many details and activities that can crowd out the purpose and joy of Christmas.
Thought for Today: Christ, the great high priest, stands as the reason for the Christmas season.
Quicklook: Hebrews 4:6–16
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