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Therefore, holy brothers,

you who share in a heavenly calling,

consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession,

who was faithful to Him who appointed Him,

just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house.

(Hebrews 3:1-2)

Everyone who is a part of the holy Christian Church is a brother or sister in one great, big, eternal family. As part of this family, everyone has the same calling. The calling to share our confession of faith. Faith that Jesus, the Son of God, is also an Apostle and High Priest for this faith.

The word "apostle" comes from the Greek verb meaning "to send" (apostello). An Apostle is one sent as an ambassador for another (2 Corinthians 5:20). They don't speak their own words. They speak the words of the one who sent them (John 12:49; 16:13). Jesus sent His Apostles to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the end of the earth to preach the Gospel (Acts 1:8). However, the Apostles only knew the Gospel because God sent Jesus--apostle Him--to declare the Good News of salvation (John 20:21). The Good News is only good as long as it is true. Jesus was sent to make it true.

The High Priest is responsible for the required sacrifices. In the Old Testament, he had one very special job. A job he was only allowed to do once a year. He made atonement for the people by sprinkling the blood of the sacrifice on the mercy seat on top of the Ark of the Covenant (Leviticus 16). The High Priest had to do it in a very particular way or he would die (Leviticus 16:2).

Jesus became the ultimate High Priest when He offered Himself as a sacrifice on the cross.