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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Hebrews 5:1-10
1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; 2 he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; 3 and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. 4 And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him, "YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU"; 6 just as He says also in another passage, "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." 7 In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8 Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus is the ultimate high priest, for the mortal high priests had to have a sacrifice to bring to the altar. Jesus is the sacrifice as well as the high preist, having offered himself at Golgotha as the sacrifice to end all sacrifices. That may sound like I'm switching tenses, but what happened on the cross still echos today and is still in effect today; even though I wasn't born for another 1930 years or so, the sacrifice for my sins (and yours) was made there.

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