Scripture: Hebrews 5:5-10
Jesus the priest. How often do you think of Jesus in that light. I’m gussing about as often as you consider getting a root canal. Not to say this is a bad thing. We don’t think of Him as a priest often because for most of us a priest is something we have never seen. Even pastors that are called priests are not the same as the old testiment style of priests.
Jesus is the priest. A priest in he historic Hebrew faith I one that stands in as te representative of the people before God. They are the ones that can assure that the sacrifices were ok, or if you would have to visit a seller to find an acceptable offering. The priest assured the people that their prayers were heard, and if necissary passed on some prophetic message to the patitioner.
To simplify it even more the priests participated in worship while those that came to woship just witnessed the Levites worship for them. It almost sounds odd, yet often this is how we ourselves approach worship. Do we really expect significant spiritual growth in that manner? You would think not, but this is how we worship. We do not know how to approach God, how could we? I the closest thing to this in our human existance would be to just walk up to a king and start to chat. We have to be taken into the presence of our heavenly Father. This is why Jesus our priest is so important. He took on full humanity, he worshiped for us, he prays for us, and he died in our place. He did this so that we could once again have a relationship with our Creator.
He worships for us, but we do have a part. We participate by imitating Him, and listening to his direction. The problem with this is too often our lives are so busy we can’t seem to find the time. Let alone find the words to say. This is why I have grown to love using scripture to facilitate prayer. I read a portion of scripture and allow the Spirit of God to direct me into prayer. By doing this I have grown closer to my God, savior and teacher. I become more able to folow his comands, and I can love others in His love more easily. Jesus is our priest, He offered a scarifice once and for all humanity, he directs us into worship, and whe we do not know what to do he even prays the words for us.
Today I encourage you to listen to your eternal worship leader!