Jesus, the Nice Excessive Priest
The demise of Jesus was the tip of the priesthood. Though there really had been a pair extra excessive clergymen in Jerusalem earlier than the temple was destroyed in AD 70, Caiaphas was the final excessive priest to function a pointer to the Nice Excessive Priest, Jesus. There was merely no want for an imperfect priest as soon as the proper priest had come. And since we’ve got an incredible priest over the home of God, allow us to draw close to with a real coronary heart in full assurance of religion, with our hearts sprinkled clear from an evil conscience and our our bodies washed with pure water (Heb. 10:2123). Based mostly on the type of excessive priest we’ve got, essentially the most cheap response ought to be to attract close to to God.
The demise of Jesus was the tip of the sacrificial system. No extra harmless lambs wanted to be slain. He did this as soon as for all when he supplied up himself (Heb. 7:27).
Saints and Scoundrelswithin the Story of Jesustells the story of 10 people who find themselves integral to the story of Jesus, placing the characters in context of the entire Bible and delving into what they reveal about Christ.
The demise of Jesus was the tip of the temple made with limestone in Jerusalem. But it surely was not the tip of all of the temple was meant to be. When the True Temple was destroyed, certain sufficient, it was raised in three days. Jesus was raised from the lifeless, he ascended into heaven, after which forty days later the hearth of God within the particular person of the Holy Spirit descended not over the Most Holy Place of the temple in Jerusalem, however over the heads of believers gathered in an higher room as they waited and prayed for energy. They grew to become residing, respiration temples of the Holy Spirit, residing stones that had been being constructed up as a religious home, to be a holy priesthood, to supply religious sacrifices acceptable to God by way of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 2:5).
The demise of Jesus was the achievement of the Day of Atonement. Now not was there a necessity for a excessive priest to slit the throat of a goat and sprinkle its blood on the veil. The veil was cut up. Jesus entered as soon as for all into the holy locations, not via the blood of goats and calves however via his personal blood, thus securing an everlasting redemption (Heb. 9:12). Now not was there a necessity for the excessive priest to admit sins onto the pinnacle of the opposite goat, the scapegoat, and ship him out into the wilderness to die. All of the sins of Gods individuals had been laid upon the one true scapegoat. On the cross, the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isa. 53:6), in order that we’d know: so far as the east is from the west, thus far does he take away our transgressions from us (Ps. 103:12).
He Opened the Curtain
The demise of Jesus was the tip of once-a-year entry into the presence of God by one excessive priest. The tearing of the veil in essence threw open the door. As a result of the sins of all those that put their belief in Christ are absolutely handled within the demise of Jesus, forgiven sinners are actually welcomed into the presence of God in union with Christ. We now have confidence to enter the holy locations by the blood of Jesus, by the brand new and residing manner that he opened for us by way of the curtain, that’s, by way of his flesh (Heb. 10:1921). The tearing of the curtain was a tangible signal of the tearing of Christs flesh. As a result of his flesh was torn, we will enter in.
Have you ever? Have you ever entered in? And if not, why not? May or not it’s that you just dont see your self in want of mercy? Or is it that you just dont actually imagine you’ll obtain mercy?
As a result of the sins of all those that put their belief in Christ are absolutely handled within the demise of Jesus, forgiven sinners are actually welcomed into the presence of God in union with Christ.
Poor Caiaphas. He didnt see himself in want of mercy, and due to this fact he by no means cried out for it. No marvel he was unfit for the function of excessive priest, the function of extending and welcoming Gods individuals into experiencing the generosity of Gods mercy. My good friend, when you dont see your self in want of mercy, I pray that God will open your eyes to the fact of your individual soul, that you will notice its deadness, its darkness. I pray that as an alternative of the fact of your sin making you hopeless, it should make you decided to achieve out to the one supply of the mercy you want.
And in case you are somebody who doesnt actually imagine that you’ll obtain mercy, I pray that God will open your eyes to the kindness and generosity of your Nice Excessive Priest who likes to lavish mercy on individuals who dont deserve it.
Sometime you’ll stand earlier than the Decide of all of the earth. He wont be a depraved, corrupt decide like Caiaphas. He would be the good decide, Jesus himself. All who cry out to him for mercy now will stand earlier than him not solely as their decide, however as their Advocate, as their Nice Excessive Priest. All who cry out to him discover mercy as we speak and can nonetheless be experiencing his mercy on that nice day and into eternity.
For we shouldn’t have a excessive priest who’s unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, however one who in each respect has been tempted as we’re, but with out sin. Allow us to then with confidence draw close to to the throne of grace, that we might obtain mercy and discover grace to assist in time of want. (Heb. 4:1516)
This text is tailored from Saints and Scoundrels within the Story of Jesus by Nancy Guthrie.
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