“Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him because he always lives to intercede for them” Hebrews 7: 25

“Jesus was designated by God to be high priest; He lives forever and has a permanent priesthood” {Hebrews 5: 10b; 7: 24}

What does this mean, that Jesus is the Great High Priest?

Let us first look at basic dictionary and Bible meanings.

Dictionary Meaning:

  • Great: ‘of an extent, amount, or intensity considerably above the normal or average’.
  • High: “of great vertical extent, lofty.”
  • Priest: “one who is designated an authority on religious matters. One who has authority to perform certain rites and administer certain sacraments especially in Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican Churches.

Bible excerpts that denote the greatness, highness and priesthood role of Jesus:

  • Jesus is Great, “For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods” {Psalms 96: 4}. “There is none like the Lord; He is great, and great is his name in might.” {Jeremiah 10; 6}.
  • Jesus is higher than us, “Is not the Lord in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars?” {Job 22: 12}.
  • Jesus the Priest: God designated Jesus to be the great high priest and made him perfect through his death so that through him may have hope of eternal salvation because Jesus is eternal {Hebrews 5: 7-10}.

Meaning of ‘Jesus, the Great High Priest’

Jesus is a high priest not on the basis of rules and regulations as pertains to priesthood [as was the case for Melchizedek and the Levi Priests of the Old Testament who were governed by the law {Read Hebrews 7: 1-28}], but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. Jesus gained power to become a high priest because, “he was holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens and “therefore became a high priest forever” (Hebrews 7: 20b, 26).

If you read Hebrews 7 above, you will notice that in the Old Testament the Levi priests relied on the Law to carry out their duties to God and to man, a law which made nothing perfect {Hebrews 7: 18}. It is written, “the former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless, for the law made nothing perfect, and God introduced a better hope to draw near to Him, Jesus, the guarantor of a better covenant” Hebrews {7: 18, 22}.

Throughout the centuries and even today, there have been many priests, but they, just like us were mortal and sinful, death in itself prevented them from continuing in office. But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Jesus, the Great High Priest is always present, he died and rose again, He is alive even at this very moment serving as a priest on our behalf to God.

Therefore, since we have such a great high priest who has already ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, we all have a reason to hold on firmly to the faith that we profess. Because Jesus is alive! All the more reason to be faithful.


Because, Jesus {the High Priest}, was once a human just like us, he was once flesh, he knows what it is like to be human, to be susceptible to sin, he is able to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, he was tempted in every way, just like us and yet he did not sin {Hebrews 4: 14-15}. During his days on earth, Jesus offered prayers and petitions to God with fervent cries and tears to the only one who could save him from his impending death, he was heard because of his reverent submission {Hebrews 5: 7}.

Because Jesus was once human and is now ascended into heaven, and has been made perfect through death, we have confidence and can approach God’s throne of Grace, because we can be sure that we will receive mercy and grace in our time of need because Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, interceding for us” {Hebrews 4: 14; 8: 1, Hebrews 7: 25}.

Prayer: Dear Lord. I want to Know you. Help me to Know you, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.