Jesus is the Only Priest We Need

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Jesus is the Only Priest We Need

Jesus is the Only Priest We Need

The evidence that Jesus was raised from the dead is very strong. His followers had not believed that he would die, and when he did they were in complete despair. Yet, within a few weeks they were shouting the message all around Jerusalem that Jesus was alive again.

❖ What had given them such conviction and certainty, and

❖ Who had told them what to do?

It was the risen Lord who convinced them he was alive and this is what he asked them to do:Jesus is our only ONE and True Priest

“Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:18–20).

What a remarkable statement that was, and is! Jesus has all authority in both heaven and earth. Even the angels are subject to him (see Hebrews 1:6). This gives Jesus the power to guide our lives towards God, if we truly give ourselves to him.

Good News for All

The resurrection of Jesus wasn’t just good for the disciples; it is good news for all of us, if we believe what Jesus said. During the forty days when he instructed his disciples, before he ascended to heaven, Jesus said this:

“All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me … It was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” … Now it came to pass, while he blessed them, that he was parted from them and carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:44–53).

The apostles did as Jesus instructed them. They told everyone that Jesus had won the battle over sin and over death and that their Lord was now alive forever. He, and only he, could make it possible for others to live forever like him, and he would do this for them when he returned. To prove it, Jesus gave the power of the Holy Spirit to his apostles so that they could heal people miraculously, as Jesus had done. Thus Peter and John healed a man who had never been able to walk, and then said:

“Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man stands here before you whole … Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10–12).

Only True Priest

Just think about that – there is only one person who can save us, because only one person has ever lived in complete obedience to God. Then this perfect man gave his life as a sacrifice, to save us from sin. Because of this, Jesus now is God’s High Priest – the one and only priest for His people; the only one who can bring us to God. The New Testament says this of him:

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5);

“For this reason he is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15);

“It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us” (Romans 8:34).

A Better Sacrifice

Earlier in this series we looked at animal sacrifices under the Law of Moses. They could only put the sinner right with God if he confessed that as a sinner he deserved to die too. If he did not repent of his sins, the sacrifice did nothing for him at all. It is the same with the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus died to save sinners but we must recognize that we are sinners in need of salvation and that God alone can make us right with Him, by our acceptance of His offer, on His terms.

Now that Jesus has done his work, the arrangements of the Old Testament – Sabbaths, feasts, sacrifices, priests and the Temple – are finished.

They were only a foretaste of what Jesus would do in reality. Not even the apostles of Jesus claimed to be priests in that way!

So what about the ‘priests’ and ceremonies of the various religions today?

Unlike the Law of Moses they have been invented by men. They mislead people into thinking that their rituals can bring people to God; but it is only Jesus who can do that. They delude people into thinking that their sins have been forgiven through these ceremonies, but it is not true. Ceremonies and offerings cannot bring forgiveness of sins.

God’s Way

The lives and minds of many people were changed when they learned about Jesus’ life and sacrifice, and the way they could be forgiven. It is the same with us. God asks us to believe what He has said and to repent of our sins. Then, to associate ourselves with the saving work of Jesus, we need to be baptized, by full immersion, and should share bread and wine regularly with other believers to remind us what Jesus has done for us. For this is what Scripture says:

“There is also an antitype which now saves us – baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21);

“Let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:28).

By John Woodall

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