Monday, January 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Jesus Christ: Our Great High Priest








Monday January 16th

Bible Reading:     Heb. 7: 11 - 25

Topic:         Jesus Christ Our Great High Priest

"For every High Priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins." (Heb. 5: 1)

From the Scripture, it is crystal clear that every High Priest is appointed according to the Law to help men return to God.

Sin makes a man unfit to appear before God for true and acceptable worship that would release divine blessings into their lives.

In the Old Testament, the Priesthood was appointed from the Tribe of Levi as stipulated by the Law.

Being mere human, these Priests were not free from sins and human weaknesses, therefore they by necessity had to make atonement for their own sins first before being clean enough to make atonement for the sins of others.

However, in Jesus Christ, we have a Great High Priest not appointed after the Order of Melchizedek.

He became the Priest according to the power of a sinless, endless life and not after the Law.

In Jesus Christ we have a High Priest Who is Holy, Blameless, Undefiled and separated from sinners.

Even death could not stop His Priesthood as was the case of the Levitical Priesthood.

And because He lives, His one sinless sacrifice is enough and effective for all eternity, hence He does not need to offer daily sacrifices for His own sins and for the people.

Therefore His Priesthood offers us a better covenant with regard to our relationship with God.

As we approach God through Jesus as the High Priest and the son Who has been Perfected forever, we are sure of total salvation.

Prayer:
Father we thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus Christ as the Everlasting High Priest Who forever intercedes for us.
Amen

Memory verse:   Heb. 7: 25
"Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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