Great High Priest

The High Priest had special apparel when he served in the Tabernacle or Temple. (Exodus 28) The garment with other attachments had spiritual meaning. Lord Jesus Christ the eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, once and for all did the service both as sacrifice and the priest. Prophet Isaiah portrayed the death of the Messiah: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Linen turban: The High Priest wore a beautiful Linen turban. Lord Jesus had to wear a crown of thorns. After the Fall of Adam and Eve, thorns and thistles were the curse of the earth. Lord bore the curse to bless humanity.

Garment: The High Priest had an embroidered garment, while Lord Jesus Christ had one seamless robe. That robe was taken by a soldier by casting a lot. (John 19:23-24)

Precious gems: On the shoulders of the priest were twelve precious gems. Lord Jesus did not have precious gems but had to bear the heavy cross.

Breastplate: The Priest had a breastplate with the names of tribes of Israel inscribed on it. Lord Jesus held the whole of humanity in his heart. Israelites, who were a treasured possession, rejected Him.

Ephod: The priest wore a beautiful ephod when he served in the Temple. Lord Jesus had only a purple robe given by the mocking Roman soldiers.

Sound of bells: The High Priest had to wear small bells attached to his garment. The sound of bells will help people outside the Tabernacle/Temple to understand he was alive. The sound of the pounding of nails resulted in His death.

Holiness unto the Lord: The High Priest had a headplate with inscription: Holiness unto the Lord. Lord Jesus Christ’s whole life was holy. No one could point to any sin in his life. (John 8:45-47)

Undergarments: The priests had to wear linen undergarments to cover their nakedness. (Ezekiel 44:18) Lord Jesus bore sins on the cross in naked shame.
Do I realize the Lord’s great love and sacrifice for humanity?

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