Monday 14 April, 2014

Hebrews 5:1-6

5 Every high priest is chosen from among men. He is appointed to act for them in everything that has to do with God. He offers gifts and sacrifices for their sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who have gone down the wrong path without knowing it. He can do that because he himself is weak. 3 That’s why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins. He must also do it for the sins of the people. 4 No one can take that honor for himself. He must be appointed by God, just as Aaron was. 5 Even Christ did not take the glory of becoming a high priest for himself. God said to him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” (Psalm 2:7) 6 In another place he said, “You are a priest forever, just like Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4)

What does it mean to have Jesus as our high priest?

Jesus as God incarnate means that Jesus shows us what God is like. Jesus also shows us that God really understands what it is like to be fully human, and by entering our reality and humanity, God has done everything that needs to be done to redeem everyone.

This is also about what God is doing. God is in the process of restoring all things. We can’t do it for ourselves, and God will not just say a word to fix everything. The only way to restore our life is to be restored from within – by God entering our life and pouring out the love that can change us all.

Jesus did all of this, and there is nothing of human suffering that Jesus did not reach.

Jesus restores all human life by pouring new life into it. Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus plants new life of the resurrection in this world. The kind of new life Jesus has implanted in this world is not just a return to its original state, but a transformation of life that points to a completely new creation.

In Jesus, God gives us these gifts, and pours out a love that is able to change even the most stubborn sinner, God injects life into this world that can change the most confirmed sceptic to have faith and hope so there is something to live for. Jesus can “save forever” those who trust in him.

Lord, thank you for truly loving me, as this gives me the strength to change, and faith and hope in you gives me courage to know there is more to this life than just “the way things are.

Written by Cath Croft

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  1. David Newton says:

    Thanks Cathy it is good to spend some time thinking about these things, especially with Easter approaching.

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