If you could summarize the main thoughts of the book of Hebrews in the Bible, you couldn’t find a better word than BETTER! In every way Jesus is better than all of the Old Covenant combined. I am so happy that Jesus is my better high priest. He knows what it is like to struggle with temptation yet He was without sin. He helps me better than anyone else can.
Hebrews 2:17 (ESV)
17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
His innocent blood cleanses us from all iniquities (1Pe 1:18-19). “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)). He stands ready to redeem us with that precious blood. It is true that what we could never do for ourselves Jesus did for us when we deserved it the least (Ro 5:8). Praise God it is through Jesus’ blood that we have “redemption, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace (Ep 1:7).
Yes Jesus is better than the high priests under the Old Covenant because He is sinless, merciful, gracious and determined to lead us to the Father.
“Jesus to Calvary did go
His love for mankind to show,
What He did there,
Brought hope from despair,
O how He loves you and me”