The Baby High Priest

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Christ, our High Priest Who is higher than us, chose to become lowly like us to make atonement for all of our sins forever.

Scriptures of the Day:

Hebrews 8:1-6

1 “Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this one too had to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” 6 But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”

Hebrews 5:10

“And by being perfected in this way, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, and he was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 7:3

Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and he remains a priest for all time.

Psalm 110:4

4 The Lord makes this promise on oath and will not revoke it: “You are an eternal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.” 

Yesterday I was thanking God that Christ is our mediator.  Today I reflect on the fact that He is not just a go-between – He is a high priest.  I love when something miraculous happens where there is no explanation.  There is a mystery surrounding this high priest who showed up out of nowhere, who was the high priest of God and to whom Abraham tithed to.  The fact that this name means “King of Righteousness” in Hebrew makes me smile.  Not only that, He is from Salem, which means peace.  Our Prince of peace made an appearance as high priest to the father of our faith, Abraham.  How amazing.  His next entrance as a priest would be as a baby.  Christ is our high priest who lives forever in the order of Melchizedek.

We do not just celebrate God coming in the flesh as our Savior, our Redeemer, our Deliverer, and our King.  He is our high priest.  He is able to make atonement for all of our sins and He forever intercedes for His sheep.  Many times in our lives we will have people come in and out of our lives.  If we are blessed to have some with us for most of our journey here on earth, we are blessed indeed (unless they are a thorn in our flesh, ha!)  But Jesus as our high priest forever means He didn’t just leave us when He left this earth.  He remains our pastor, caring for our souls – for all eternity!

He is forever faithful in His duties as our priest and never forsakes His children.  I am completely overcome with this reality. Christ coming as our high priest means we are never rejected, never without His leadership in our lives.  Never abandoned, always with Him.  Always.

Thank you, sweet Jesus, for being our everything!  I worship You, my high priest!

Christmas Count”up” Day 15 – Worshipful Wednesday: VIP Status

Psalm 138:6

Though the LORD is exalted, he takes note of the lowly, and recognizes the proud from far away.”

Psalm 140:12

“I know the LORD defends the cause of the oppressed and vindicates the poor.”

Psalm 143:3

“O LORD, of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?  Of what importance is mankind, that you should be concerned about them?

Psalm 145:8-9

“The LORD is merciful and compassionate.  He is patient and demonstrates great loyal love. 9 The LORD is good to all, and has compassion on all he has made.”

Truth be told, mankind is preferential and biased.  We often favor those who are already favored.  But the least of us, well, we feel uncomfortable around someone if they are either really needy or oppressed.  That is the condition of our fallen flesh, but not how it has to be.  I remember as a child being threatened because of the color of my skin and my status.  I was not cool – a total band geek.  That feeling of being unpopular is incredibly painful.  But when someone popular notices you – well, suddenly you are important.  That, on a small scale, is what Christ did for us.

When Christ came at Christmas, He did not come for the favored among men, for the popular, for the righteous.  No, He , being God, came all the way from Heaven and suffered just like man and loved all equally.  He came for the downtrodden, for the ones who saw their need of Him.  He elevated their position to favored status and considered us all precious in His sight.

Dirty, filthy in our sin, He regarded us as worthy of His own life.  Made in His image but tarnished with iniquity, He gave us the greatest gifts of all – His righteousness for our unrighteousness, His life for ours; restored fellowship with our Creator. What an amazing Savior – considering us, fallen sinners, as more important than Himself, Who is King of kings, to be worshiped forever.  So undeserved, so lavish a gift.  He is so very worthy of our praise!

Maybe you are feeling unloved or insignificant in your current station in this life.  Instead of despising that shame, remember that Christ chose that treatment.  He did not sin or deserve such treatment.  May the pain and sting of rejection or minimization draw us closer to Christ, Who identifies and understands what that feels like to be mistreated.  He loves us so very much and what He thinks about us far surpasses anyone else’s perception.

Lord, thank you for coming to earth and restoring our relationship with You.  Thank you that You considered us precious in Your sight and demonstrated Your love for us in elevating our worth in Your sight.  Only a Holy God like You could do that.