JESUS CHRIST, THE MOST HIGH PRIEST

JESUS CHRIST, THE MOST HIGH PRIEST

Priest role was crucial to God and his people during the Old Testament time. The priest offers animal sacrifices to atone for the sin of their people. A person who has committed a sin must provide an animal that the priest would offer on his behalf. No sin was forgiven in the Old Testament without a priest offering a sacrifice to God.

Besides the routine sacrifices of priests, God also designated a special person with the title of “Most High Priest” to yearly offer a sacrifice to plead for the collective sins of his people. The Most High Priest has an obligation to rightly perform his task otherwise, God would reject it, and the priest may die for his sacrifice error.

The priests’ activity of animal sacrifice (and other sacrifices) have been discontinued during the New Testament era; however, the priesthood office remains in existence. Some individuals still operate in the priesthood office today. These are people who minister to God’s children through prayers and other related services. The New Testament priests teach the word of God; they pray for people and perform other charitable activities.

Today’s priests are clergies, and they bear different titles based on their church denominations or affiliations. They sometimes answer the title, priest, bishop, reverend, pastor, and others. For example, Catholic clergy answers the priest, but Protestant and Pentecostal clergies answer bishop, reverend, and pastor.

Unfamiliar Most High Priest

The priest of the Old Testament and New Testament serve God to the best of their abilities, but they are short of perfection! They could mediate between God and people through prayer and sacrifices, but their services have limitations. God overlooks human sins as a result of their sacrifices, but he did not destroy the power of sin through their efforts!

Jesus Christ was an unfamiliar priest to people of his time. They did not consider him as a priest, but indeed, he was one! His action proved that he was God’s preordained Most High Priest. The Bible declares,

“… By two unchangeable things [His promise and His oath] in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled [to Him] for refuge would have strong encouragement and indwelling strength to hold tightly to the hope set before us. This hope [this confident assurance] we have as an anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whatever pressure bears upon it]—a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil [of the heavenly temple, that most Holy Place in which the very presence of God dwells], where Jesus has entered [in advance] as a forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 6:18-20 AMP)

Once and for all, Christ sacrificed his life for all human sins! Bible reported how he spiritually outperformed his predecessors as a special priest of God-the Most High Priest. Upon his death on the cross, Christ’s power torn the temple veil into two! Bible reported,

“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”… Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:45-51 NKJV).

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The Reasons Behind Jesus’ Priesthood Action

Jesus Christ, unlike any other priest, chose not to follow the cycle of offering bulls, lambs, goats, and other animals to sacrifice for human sins. Why? Animal sacrifice provided temporal relief since it only covers a sin, but did not remove it.

Also, animal sacrifice was expensive. A person who sacrificed an animal for his sin may soon find himself in the same sinful situation and be mandated to repeat the same process. In addition, a priest who carried out an animal sacrifice is also human, and may inadequately perform his service and render the whole exercise useless.

Besides, an animal sacrifice was not strong enough to destroy the power of sin. That is, God only pardoned a sin through an animal sacrifice, he did not destroy the power of sin for people.

With the complication process of animal sacrifice and its limitations, Jesus Christ chose to abolish the entire process and sought a permanent solution. Therefore, he offered himself as a sacrificed for human sins to earn them permanent forgiveness and freedom. Bible declares,

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God.’ ” (Hebrews 10:1-7 NIV).

Why Did Jesus Christ Sacrifice His Life?

Jesus’ decision to replace animal sacrifice with his own life was motivated by some special reasons. Why did Jesus sacrifice his life when other priests have not complained of their rituals?

  • The Old Testament priests did not care beyond ordinary for the people they served. They were comfortable at offering animal sacrifice to provide a temporary solution for people.
  • Jesus Christ cared for other people (the whole world); therefore, he was uncomfortable to provide a temporary solution for people. He sought to provide them a permanent solution.
  • On a normal day, an Old Testament priest would say, “Bring me an animal, and I will sacrifice it for your sin!” Jesus disdained the status quo. His practical action could be translated as if he stated, “Don’t bring me an animal, I will sacrifice my life for your sin!”

Jesus Christ took the matter of sin forgiveness seriously, and he was willing to pay an ultimate price that will earn people permanent forgiveness for their sins.

The sacrifice of Jesus’ life immediately provided five major benefits for people:

  1. Opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of sin.
  2. Opportunity to repair and restore the broken relationship between God and man (and woman).
  3. Opportunity to have power over sin.
  4. Opportunity to obtain eternal life from God.
  5. Opportunity to obtain earthly victory.

Since the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection,

  1. Humanity has an opportunity to permanently receive forgiveness of their sins.
  2. A human can have a mutual relationship with God.
  3. A human can also receive God’s strength to overcome the temptation of sin.
  4. Anyone who believes Christ can obtain the gift of eternal life.
  5. Anyone who believes Christ can live as an overcomer on earth!

It is important to testify that God crowned Jesus Christ with the highest honor in priesthood office after he sacrificed his life on the cross. God awarded him a title of the Most High Priest!

Perhaps, the best privilege that Christ-the Most High Priest earned for humanity is the fact that his followers will qualify for God’s kingdom! Anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and accept him as his or her personal Lord and Savior will be raptured to heaven on the last day.

Everyone now has an opportunity to qualify for heaven through confession of faith in Jesus Christ. A person who confesses Jesus Christ as his or her personal Lord and Savior will not regret his decision. The person will receive God’s help in this life and also be blessed in heaven!

Make a decision that will forever change your life for good. Confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior to secure your place in heaven!

Be blessed!

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Believers To Present Honest Service To God

Believers To Present Honest Service To God

Honest service means a lot to God. He reigns over the earth, and all people ought to honor him. People of different classes and status should submit before the Creator since he is the highest being in existence.

All people ought to submit before God and serve him with full devotion.

Jehovah is God; he is supreme and has dominion over all things. Humanity has no choice than to serve him. Our services to the Creator would be regarded to as “a show of commitment” to him.

prayerAll people must aspire to satisfy God with good worship. We must ensure that our worships are authentic before him. That is, our services must be void of lip service or eye service.

Christians must ensure that whatever service we offer to God comes from a plain and honest mind – Thorough service.

Anyone can be tempted to consider himself (or herself) as indispensable or consider his offering to be overly significant. No good believer should entertain such thought! A good Christian must not consider his spiritual activities to be too important before God.

God does not need our services to survive. He doesn’t feed on anyone’s gratuity other than to accept it as a show of an appreciation for his benefits rendered.

God desires our worship so that he can turn it to our avenue of blessing. God will bless us if we thoroughly worship him

To bring effective service to God’s satisfaction, each believer need to evaluate whatever effort that he or she makes. Every Christian must check to see that nothing bias or selfish is consists in his services.

That is,

  1. No one should be deceived to think that he/she is indispensable before God.
  2. No one should think that his/her services are good enough to sustain God.
  3. Any service that a believer presents to God must come from a pure heart of humility.

God needs none of our services to fulfill his mandate in any given situation. God declares in the Bible,

“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:12-15 NKJV).

 

questionWhy Should People Present Honest Service To God?

There are many reasons why humanity must honor God and bring him honest services.

    • Firstly, he is God and we are human. He is above and we are beneath!

 

    • God furnishes us with many great things freely at his own expense. We don’t pay him royalty for the air that we breathe.

 

    • He gives us rainfall and sunshine freely.

 

    • He provided us health care that no mortal person can boast of.

 

  • He chooses not to make our health affordable, but free!

The list of God’s goodness to humanity is endless. Anyone who subjects himself to good thought will realize multiple benefits that he can appreciate him for.

In conclusion,

Don’t Be An Ingrate: Offer True Worship To God

All people (especially Christians) ought to reverence God and give him thorough worship at all times. It is important that each Christian makes his or her services to God come from a devoted heart.

Whatever anyone considers good worship must be void of pride, selfishness, and grudges.

Almighty God desires perfect worship from you!

 

    • Ensure your attitude supports your motive whenever you come before God to offer your appreciation.

 

    • Don’t be reluctant. Don’t come under impulses – Be free and happy!

 

  • Your article presented must not be with fake impression or bias mind. Be honest with your article – Whether it is money, material, or any other.

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Quality and Quantity Matter To God!

Christians should not only give their best to God, but we must offer them in abundance.

Christian must make God feel the importance of our actions. We must ensure they are genuine before him. Quality and quantity are important to God. That is, our presentations before God must be with quality offerings, and they must be presented in quantities.

Solomon offered several thousands of sacrifices to God. (1 Kings 8:63).

prayerPrayer Of Grace To Dignify God With True Service

Dear God, I ask you to please give me grace to serve you with fear and dignity.

Let my services be presented before you with simplicity of heart, and with humility. Help me to focus on faithful activities that will glorify your Holy Name.

Please let my offerings be acceptable to you, and bless me. Most importantly, please establish my feet in your presence to keep faithfully serving you, so that I can remain fit for your kingdom.

Please keep me worthy for your eternal kingdom O Lord!

For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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