I’ve been listening to a podcast that is a series of sermons Mark Driscoll recently did about the story of Esther. It has been interesting to listen to. One insight in particular struck me: I think I’ve heard of the analogy before but it didn’t really hit me like it did when I heard him preach it. Esther is a type (or picture) of Christ, because she represents the union of two previously irreconcilable identities. Never before in Persian history had there been someone who identified both as a Jew (a race that was trampled and powerless), but who could also claim a position in royalty. The reason Esther was in a position to be a hero and do something nobody else could’ve done is because God orchestrated events so that she could be both. In the same way, Christ identifies both as a member of our lowly community of humanity, and also as royalty with access to the ear of the unapproachable King of Kings. Nobody else can bridge that irreconcilable gap except Him.
I like how the author of Hebrews illustrates this, as well, in 7:25-26:
“Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.”
Isn’t it awe-inspiring that we have a high priest who “always lives to intercede” for us, but who also is “holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens”? We would be hopelessly lost if this majestic, revered high priest didn’t also choose to identify with us, as unworthy and soiled though we are. What a savior!