JESUS, APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST
We can see a beautiful picture of this self-contracting of God in Hebrews 3:1,
Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.
This verse actually can be and probably should be translated, “. . .the Apostle, even the High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” The reason for this, is that the high priest was an apostle, or sh’leka, as it is understood in Hebrew. The concept of the sh’leka, or apostle, is rooted and grounded in Jewish thought. It points to one who represents the person of another. This representative stands in the place of the one who appoints him, with full legal authority.
With this understanding, it was the high priest who was the Sh’leka of Israel, and the Sh’leka of God. In his person, he represented Man to God, and God to Man. In his representing man, he must understand the weaknesses and frailties of man, “who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity”, while standing as the Perfect Man. In representing God, he must be perfect, complete and whole. He must show forth in his body the perfection that is God. It was for this reason the high priest could have no physical defects. He represents the Perfection of God, and the Perfect Man, at the same time.
So Jesus, as the High Priest who is the Apostle of God and Man, must represent both correctly and faithfully. He represents God to man. If you desire to see what God is like, look at Jesus, the Sh’leka of God. He also is the Sh’leka of man. He represents Man to God. Just as the high priest stood in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, representing all Mankind to God in his person, so Jesus is the same. He represents Man to God. He represents me and you before the Righteous Throne of Justice and Grace. In this sense, Jesus in His person, is the New Covenant. He is the Covenant Man, representing the Perfect God to man, and the perfection of man to God.