Great High Priest

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Can we keep the Feasts of the Lord without a Temple or Levites? People say we can't keep the Feasts because we can't offer the sacrifices required at the Feasts, but is that really true?
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Great High Priest

by Lex Meyer

I have heard people argue that we cannot keep the Feasts because we have no Levites and no Temple, therefore we cannot offer the sacrifices required at the Feasts. They say things like, “we can only practice the Feasts” and they argue that no one can keep the Feasts because there is no Temple and no priests.

That is a lie. We are the only ones who can truly keep the Feasts because we are the only ones have a High Priest who serves in the heavenly Tabernacle. He is greater than all other priests and His sacrifices and offerings are the only ones that can truly redeem us.

“Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.” - Hebrews 7:23-27

It is true that we have no earthly priests and no earthly Temple, so we cannot offer the sacrifices here anymore, but we do have a High Priest who serves in the Heavenly Tabernacle. If you say that we have no Priest and no Temple then you are denying Yeshua our Great High Priest and redeemer.

The tells us that the Priesthood was changed, and we no longer go through the Levites for sacrifices. Listen to what the book of Hebrews says about our new High Priest and how He serves on the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience - concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” - Hebrews 9:6-15

So, when we keep the Feasts, we can do so with full confidence that we have a Great High Priest who intercedes for us before the throne of God. We have a perfect High Priest who offers the perfect sacrifice of His own blood. We can also rest assured that we have a better covenant through Yeshua because of this.

“Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain." But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.” - Hebrews 8:1-7

the Bible also tells us that Yeshua does not need to offer the Yom Kippur sacrifices every year, but that He only needed to offer it once for all. So, when we keep the Feast of Yom Kippur, there is no longer any need for yearly sacrifices, and we need only place our faith in His atoning sacrifice.

“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another - He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” - Hebrews 9:22-26

the Bible tells us that one of the reasons why Yeshua came as a man was so that He could sympathize with us and have compassion on us. This is part of what qualified Him to become our High Priest.

“For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.” - Hebrews 5:1-3
“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” - Hebrews 2:17

He knows the challenges and temptations we face, and He is able to sympathize with our weakness. That is why we are able to come to the Father through Him to obtain grace and mercy.

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” - Hebrews 4:14-16

However, we cannot approach Him with pride and arrogance, we must approach with humility and a repentant heart. We must come seeking grace and mercy, not demanding anything from Him. When you stand before the King, you must fall on your face. We must humble ourselves, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways.

If Yeshua has done the work of salvation and offered up the only sacrifice that is needed, then what is left for us to sacrifice on the Feast days? We are told to offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.

“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” - Hebrews 13:1

We are also told to offer up our bodies as a living sacrifice.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” - Romans 12:1

This means our life is not our own. If we have offered it up to Him, then we must do His will and not our own. If our body is offered up to Him, then we must do what is pleasing to Him. No longer living like heathen, but rather, living holy and sanctified lives dedicated to His service.

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