Hebrews 5:5-10

                So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

                In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

 

From Rev. Scott Thayer, Pastor

Bethany Memorial Church and Chaplain of Bethany College

“Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever;

crown him! crown him! Prophet and Priest and King!”

These words, taken from Fanny Crosby’s beloved hymn, “Praise Him! Praise Him!” (CH #93) are ones that we have probably sung many times in worship services. We have no trouble thinking of Christ as Prophet and King, but sometimes that word “Priest” sticks in our Protestant throats. We don’t usually think of Jesus as a Priest. But the book of Hebrews gently leads us into the inner sanctuary of God where the living Christ serves as High Priest for all of us. He knows all about our ignorance, our waywardness, our weakness and our sin. But despite our many liabilities, Jesus remains steadfast, lovingly offering the sacrifice of himself on our behalf.

We need Jesus as Prophet and King, no doubt. But maybe we need him as Priest most of all, faithfully making reconciliation possible between a deeply flawed humanity and an absolutely holy God.

 

O God, we thank you for Christ our faithful High Priest,

who forever lives to make intercession for us! Amen.

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