When God asked his people in the book of Exodus, to build a place of meeting, He instructed them to include incense around the place of His presence. The burning of incense was included by the high priest when performing the rituals of atonement for the sins of the people. The gift of frankincense can be seen as a prophetic picture of Jesus’ High Priestly role.
The central section of the book of Hebrews is dominated by the theme of Jesus as our great high priest. Taking Psalm 110 as his guide, the author of Hebrews argues that the Messiah was destined to be “a priest according to the order of Melchizedek” (Heb. 5:6), and that this priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood that supervised the religious life of Israel. Jesus’ priesthood offers one definitive sacrifice for all time and offers us a mediator who always lives to intercede for us.
What an incredible picture! Jesus is our High Priest and allows us to be reunited with our Heavenly Father. Never again do we need anyone to perform a set of rituals for the atonement of our sins. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice!
Don’t miss church this Sunday as we ‘unwrap’ and further discover the gift of Jesus being our High Priest.