Hebrews 7:26  For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.

Jesus’ coming, life on earth, death, and resurrection are all part of God’s plan to reveal his love and grace to us. As the author puts it, “it was indeed fitting.” It is the best thing that could happen to humanity. It brings all of history together and into focus. Our high priest has significant qualifications for this position. He is “holy” (hosios), meaning pious and pleasing to God. As Matthew 3:17 records the voice from heaven, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus is without sin and did what was pleasing to the Father. He is “innocent” (akakos) or without guilt. He is good and everything he does is good. There is nothing bad or evil about him. Another descriptive word is that he is “unstained” (amiantos) or pure. He has not stained himself with sin but remained pure. He has been “separated from sinners” (kechwrismenos). This word is a perfect passive participle, which suggests that he had a special purpose and place in this world. He did not sin but came for sinners. He associated with sinners and tax collectors but did not join in the sin. He influenced them and not them influencing him. And finally, he was “exalted above the heavens.” He sits at the right hand of God’s throne, the highest place of honor (Hebrews 1:3). He is worthy of our adoration and worship. He is worthy of his position as high priest.

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