The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest,1 who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,22
and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle3 set up by the Lord, not by man.
Every high priest4 is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices,5 and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.64
If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law.75
They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy8 and shadow9 of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned10 when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."a116
But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant12 of which he is mediator13 is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.
For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.14