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Jesus Our Heavenly High Priest (Part 1)
Eric Aboadwe    [email]    ( Ghana ) 2017-06-07     Views : 113     Touched : 17
Our reading is from the book of Hebrews which says:

“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His BRETHREN, that He might be a merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST in things pertaining to God, to make PROPITIATION for the SINS of the people. For in that He Himself suffered, being tempted, He is also able to AID those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).

Brothers and Sisters in CHRIST, it is very important for us to understand the role of JESUS as our spiritual heavenly “HIGH PRIEST,” and give Him all the more the praise and adoration for the eternal redemption given unto us who were formerly not His people, but have now become “sons of the Living God” (Hosea 1:10; 2:23).

Our Scripture reading tells us that JESUS came in the likeness of our sinful body (Romans 8:3) in order “to be made like His BRETHREN” so that “He might be a merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST in things pertaining to God.” This means JESUS took pity on the human beings who cannot help but commit sins until they die. He became like us so that we will understand the SALVATION that He has given to us proper.

That’s why our Beloved Brother John wrote that “And the Word became FLESH and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of GRACE and TRUTH” (John 1:14). For our LORD and GOD to leave His abode of glory to become “FLESH” in order to dwell among us to redeem us from our SINS with His WATER and BLOOD reveals how great His mercy and compassion towards us is.

JESUS as our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” is full of “GRACE and TRUTH,” and when He took our sins upon Himself in the waters of the Jordan River, it was meant for Him to become our SALVATION. That’s why Isaiah says “Behold, God is my SALVATION, I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become MY SALVATION” (Isaiah 12:2).

JESUS became our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” so that we will “trust” in Him and “not be afraid” of the judgement of God. He became our SIN offering so that we will never come into judgement (John 5:24). That’s why the writer of Hebrews also says that JESUS came to “release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:15).

The reason why JESUS our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” has become our “SALVATION” is because God the Father made Him to be SIN for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) when He was BAPTIZED by John. He became our “SALVATION” the moment our SINS were transferred unto Him in order for Him to be like us before He was judged to die on the Cross by shedding His BLOOD.

Therefore when our Scripture reading says that “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His BRETHREN, that He might be a merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST in things pertaining to God, to make PROPITIATION for the SINS of the people,” we must understand that it is for the purpose of that.
We must know that JESUS our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” received the BAPTISM in the waters of the Jordan in order to “make PROPITIATION for the SINS of the people.” It was a propitiatory work which reconcile us to God. That’s why after the LORD was BAPTIZED, the heavens which were formally closed due to our sins, were “opened” that day (Matthew 3:16).

Our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” did the salvation work to “open” the heavens for us to enter the Kingdom of God through His WATER, and the SPIRIT of God descended upon Him in the form of a dove, for it is “the SPIRIT who bears witness, because the SPIRIT is truth” (1 John 5:6).

Isaiah prophesied that when JESUS come to this earth as our “merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST” to save us, “...He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; But with RIGHTEOUSNESS He shall judge the poor” (Isaiah 11:3-4). We can see how this prophecy was fulfilled when the Pharisees brought the woman “caught in adultery” to JESUS (John 8:3).

As a “merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST,” Jesus did not judge the adulterous woman “by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears” as Isaiah foretold. In other words, JESUS did not judge this “poor” woman of adultery based on what He saw in her deeds or what He heard from the Pharisees. The woman was very “poor” because she saw herself as a person who was a mass of SIN.

Therefore Isaiah said that “But with RIGHTEOUSNESS” JESUS “shall judge the poor.” It means that JESUS judged the “poor” woman of adultery with His “RIGHTEOUSNESS.” This is because when He was BAPTIZED, He also bore the SINS of the adulterous woman and everybody in the world.

When a person becomes “poor” spiritually by realizing in acceptance that he commits SIN until he dies, and that he has no goodness or any righteousness of his own, JESUS the “merciful and faithful HIGH PRIEST” will deliver such a person from all his SINS, and He will qualify him to enter the Kingdom of God.

That’s why He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Therefore the “poor” woman of adultery is in Paradise right now with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the Apostles, and the saints. But for people like the Pharisees who were self-righteous by the Law of Moses, JESUS the “faithful HIGH PRIEST” told them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the Kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:31).

Our Scripture reading also says this concerning our “faithful HIGH PRIEST” that, “For in that He Himself suffered, being tempted, He is also able to AID those who are tempted.” It means that because JESUS came in the likeness of our sinful FLESH, He understands our weaknesses very well, for He knows how fragile our FLESH is.

And because He came into our likeness, the Scripture tells us that JESUS wept (John 11:35), He was hungry (Matthew 4:2), and He slept (Matthew 8:24). That’s why it is written in the same account of Hebrews that, “For we do not have a HIGH PRIEST who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as WE ARE, yet without SIN” (Hebrews 4:15).

He is our heavenly and “faithful HIGH PRIEST” whom we must look to every day because “He cares” (1 Peter 5:7). We must never take our eyes from our heavenly “HIGH PRIEST” because He is our life (Colossians 3:4). But if we take our eyes from Him and we look at ourselves (the FLESH), we cannot REST.

You are BLESSED if JESUS is your heavenly “HIGH PRIEST.”

Eric Aboadwe
The NEW LIFE MISSION - GHANA
ericaboadwe@hotmail.com
www.nlmbookcafe.com/blog/eric
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