This weekend I'm preaching on Hebrews 9, and in chasing a few leads online about relevant material I came across this old hymn by Isaac Watts comparing/contrasting the OT priesthood and Christ's ministry as High Priest. Beautiful stuff.
Hymn 145 Jesus, in thee our eyes behold A thousand glories more, Than the rich gems and polished gold The sons of Aaron wore.
They first their own burnt-offerings brought, To purge themselves from sin; Thy life was pure without a spot, And all thy nature clean.
Fresh blood as constant as the day Was on their altar spilt; But thy one offering takes away For ever all our guilt.
Their priesthood ran through several hands, For mortal was their race; Thy never-changing office stands Eternal as thy days.
Once in the circuit of a year, With blood, but not his own, Aaron within the veil appears Before the golden throne:
But Christ, by his own powerful blood, Ascends above the skies, And in the presence of our God Shows his own sacrifice.
Jesus, the King of glory, reigns On Zion's heav'nly hill; Looks like a lamb that has been slain, And wears his priesthood still.
He ever lives to intercede Before his Father's face: Give him, my soul, thy cause to plead, Nor doubt the Father's grace.
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