Hebrews 8 Lesson

Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant

The Hebrew writer begins chapter 8 with a summary of, as he puts it, “The main point.”

“Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.” – Hebrews 8:1.

The writer leaves no doubt that Jesus is our High Priest, sitting at the right hand of God, in the true tabernacle, which was established by God. In chapter 8 we once again see the word, “Better”, being used – as we have throughout the book of Hebrews. Let us look at 2 scriptures from Hebrews 8 that mention the word, “Better”:

“He is also the mediator of a BETTER covenant.” – Hebrews 8:6(a).

“Enacted on BETTER promises.” – Hebrews 8:6(b).

Jesus said in Mathew 5:17:

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

To see how Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, we will go to the book of Jeremiah from the Old Testament:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the LORD, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” – Jeremiah 31:31-34.

You will notice that these are the same exact words the Hebrew writer uses in Hebrews 8:8-12.

The book of Jeremiah was written in approximately 600 B.C. That should help to increase our faith. Afterall, it is not every day that a prophet speaks about something happening, and then it is fulfilled more than 600 years later, exactly as it was prophesized.

God knew all along that Jesus was going to become our High Priest. It was part of His plan from the beginning. God sees things that we cannot see and is able to do things that we cannot even imagine doing. As it says in the book of Isaiah:

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9.

We will end today’s study with the comforting words found in Hebrews 8:12:

“For I will be merciful to their inequities, and I will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:12.

Jesus is our High Priest, and we are blessed to have a High Priest that is merciful and forgiving.



Just a word of thanks. With all of the sorrow and ups and downs in life, it is such a blessing to have Jesus - the same today, tomorrow, always!