not influenced by sinners

Jesus is the kind of high priest we need. He is holy, sinless, pure, not influenced by sinners, and he is raised above the heavens. [Hebrews 7:26 NCV]

The best of us ... the holiest ... the smartest ... the most moral ... are all influenced by cultural norms and the environments which we were raised and live. Then there is Jesus. Described here as holy, sinless and pure. These words communicate a uniqueness of being and character to me.

This uniqueness is how I describe what it means to be holy. It is why, as this verse says, Jesus is the kind of high priest we need. We do not need a spiritual leader who is simply one of us. We need one who is not influenced by us. We need One who is in all ways God. Yet has walked as one of us.

You Lord are what we need. Help us to walk in this understanding.

... this devotion is part of a series from the book of Hebrews.

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