Thursday, December 30, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Three Hundred Fifty-Eight

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Eight, Hebrews 6-10

In yesterday's reading, we saw where the Hebrew writer explained how Jesus, the Son of God and the exact representation of His being, is superior to the Law and to any person associated with it. He explained how Jesus is a Priest, indeed a High Priest.

The Hebrew writer goes on, teaching that:

--Jesus is a permanent Priest. "Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."

--Jesus is a perfect Priest. "Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself."

Because of these two facts, we are now participants in a better covenant with better promises. "But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises." The Lord had spoken of that covenant through the prophet Jeremiah, when he said, "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

The Hebrew writer seems to sum up Christ's role as both Priest and Sacrifice in this way: "Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy."

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