FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
“For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself.”
Hebrews 7:26-27 ESV
A kindergarten class was drawing pictures as the teacher walked around to check on the progress. She walked up to Suzy and was a little perplexed at her drawing. “Honey, who are you drawing?” She said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” The teacher explained, “Oh honey, you really can’t draw a picture of God because God is just too big. No one really knows what God looks like.” Without even looking up Suzy said, “Oh they will when I’m done.” (Henrietta Mears)
One of the goals of the book of Hebrews was that we would have a better picture of what Jesus was like when the author finished writing. One key word in the book of Hebrews is “better.” “Better” occurs thirteen times in this book. Hebrews 7 specifically teaches how Jesus was a “better” high priest than the best high priest Israel had ever known. Hebrews 7:26-27 list a few of the attributes that Jesus possessed because of His divine nature that were better than any other priest. Ultimately, Jesus is the only one who is perfect and sinless.
Most of us have had some excellent spiritual leaders in our lives. But even the best earthly spiritual leaders aren’t sinless or perfect. Even the best spiritual leader needed Jesus to die for their sins. God doesn’t want us to place our faith in our earthly leaders but instead wants us to put our faith in His sinless Son. Can you think of any spiritual leaders who have let you down? Did their disappointment affect your faith or relationship with God? Is it possible you put more faith in them than God wanted you to? Talk to God about any leaders in the past who have negatively affected your relationship with Him. Ask God to help you focus on Him and not earthly leaders.