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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).
 
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.
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Jesus became the ultimate High Priest when He offered Himself as a sacrifice on the cross. "He became obedient into death, even death on the cross" (Philippians 2:8). In this way, Jesus was faithful to His calling by God the Father to be the Savior of the world. Nothing kept Him from fulfilling His purpose. Once Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), He was undeterred in His mission. The writer to the Hebrews likens this determination to that of Moses in the Wilderness. Despite all the complaints, Jesus and Moses kept going with their God-given missions.
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In this we have a great example. We also have a heavenly calling for ministry in this world. We can let the sin and evil in this world overwhelm and silence us, or we can set our faces to follow the faithful examples of Jesus and Moses. Their faces were set upon the Promised Land before them. Not a physical, geographical place. The Promised Land of Heaven. Spending eternity in God's presence with all the other faithful believers. Our calling is to bring our friends and neighbors into that great throng. Our presence there is the "blessed assurance" we seek in this life. It is easily found in God's Word. It's also what holds us together when everything seems against us. Jesus is the High Priest who has brought us salvation. He has also brought us into a family where we can share and strengthen each other. For what the world will bring at us. For what God has promised us through Christ. Amen.

Latest revision as of 19:10, 15 January 2020

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. "He became obedient into death, even death on the cross" (Philippians 2:8). In this way, Jesus was faithful to His calling by God the Father to be the Savior of the world. Nothing kept Him from fulfilling His purpose. Once Jesus set His face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), He was undeterred in His mission. The writer to the Hebrews likens this determination to that of Moses in the Wilderness. Despite all the complaints, Jesus and Moses kept going with their God-given missions.

In this we have a great example. We also have a heavenly calling for ministry in this world. We can let the sin and evil in this world overwhelm and silence us, or we can set our faces to follow the faithful examples of Jesus and Moses. Their faces were set upon the Promised Land before them. Not a physical, geographical place. The Promised Land of Heaven. Spending eternity in God's presence with all the other faithful believers. Our calling is to bring our friends and neighbors into that great throng. Our presence there is the "blessed assurance" we seek in this life. It is easily found in God's Word. It's also what holds us together when everything seems against us. Jesus is the High Priest who has brought us salvation. He has also brought us into a family where we can share and strengthen each other. For what the world will bring at us. For what God has promised us through Christ. Amen.