See, my servant will succeed; he will be exalted and highly praised. Isaiah 52:13

God is saving the world through a savior who takes upon himself the sins of others. We have a great High Priest, Jesus, the Son of God, who has entered Heaven. Our high priest is not indifferent to our weakness, for he was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning. Every High Priest is taken from among men and appointed to be their representative before God, nor did Christ become High Priest in taking upon himself this dignity, but it was given him by the one who says : You are my son, I have begotten you today.

For the Jews, the High Priest – despite his personal defects – was a sacred person protecting the people from the punishment deserved by their sins. The high Priest is men’s representative before God and he must be weak as they are but accepted by God. Christ is just that and perfectly so and through his punishment, we are made whole.

At time, the church is reminding us that all the faithful are associated with the priestly role of Christ, the High Priest. Being the Son, he learned through suffering what obedience was, and once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to those who obey him. This is how God proclaimed him Priest in the order of Melchisedek (Hebrew 4:8-10). Let us then, approach with confidence the throne of grace for he has succeeded.

God will take you through places you never expect.