He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. (Hebrews 7:26)
Relate: When the writer of Hebrews wrote, “since death prevented them from remaining in office” he was being too kind. The reality in Jesus’ time and in the time Hebrews was written was actually a bit different. Yes, death was supposed to be the reason for the appointment of a new high priest, but the system was little more than a puppet for Rome. Caesar was the real reason a new high priest would be selected.
Depending on how you do your count and when you place the birth of Christ there were between 9-11 high priests in Jesus lifetime. There was about sixteen more from then to the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. If it was truly “death” that was preventing them from remaining in office then the office itself must have been a very deadly office. Even during Jesus trial, there were two men called the high priest. Annas and Caiaphas. Caiaphas was “technically” the HP but Annas once held the position until he lost favor with Rome. He pulled the strings so that his son, Eleazar could replace his successor and later so that his son-in law, Caiaphas could replace Eleazar’s successor. So many still viewed him as the power behind the office.
React: The fact is, there were hundreds of men who were called the high priest. Some were good men. Some were not. Just like the popes. But eventually, each and every one of them died. Each and every one of them were imperfect. Each and every one of them needed to offer sacrifices for his own sins before they could offer sacrifices for the sins of others. Just like the popes, each and every high priest needs Jesus. He is the One and Only head of the Temple and the Church. When He speaks, his words are truly, “ex cathedra”. When he sacrifices, it is good once, for always. When He intercedes, we are made free.
Jesus, I thank You for being the one true high priest. Help me not to put my confidence in any man but to trust only in You. You are head of the church. You are a faithful intercessor. You life forever. You are my High Priest. You are my Lord.