Jesus not prevented by death - awesome (Hebrews 7:23)

"The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office . . ." - Hebrews 7:23

What I love about this verse is the subtlety. Now the very next line, "but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever," (vs. 24) makes things pretty clear.

Basically, verse 23 would work without 24. And 24 mostly just serves to clarify things. But if you add 23 to 24 (stay with me here) it's emphasizing the fact that Jesus not only continues forever, but that He is not bound by death. We know this to be true, but this verse states in emphasis of what is coming.

Jesus lives forever, even death cannot stop Him.

We have a high priest who can identify with us, who was tempted as we are. He loves, cares for us, even died for us, but death could not hold Him back. Death could prevent Him from nothing. Anything our God wants to do He can do because He is not bound by death.

We are kept from jumping from high places or going too long without air. We are prevented by death from seeing God face to face. But Jesus? He can do all of that. Our high priest doesn't even need the blood of anyone or anything else.

Our God cannot even be stopped by death. Not like the former priests. He lives forever.