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Advent 2016: Christ Was Born For This: Day 13

Christ the Priest Today

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Today's Text: Ephesians 5:1-2, Hebrews 3:1-6, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 1:14-25, 1 John 4:10

Text: Ephesians 5:1-2, Hebrews 3:1-6, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Peter 1:14-25, 1 John 4:10

Christ remains our perfect Priest today. He sits at the right hand of God, ruling over all creation. All that the Father has given will come to Him, and He will not lose any of His own. He draws us into worship, He cares for our spiritual lives, and He continues to make intercession for us.

History class was wasted on me. All those names and dates and stories were woefully uninteresting to me at the time, which seems like a tragedy now that I know better. If I could turn back time, I’d let myself make most of the same mistakes, I think, but I would definitely pay more attention in history class.

It’s a common misconception when we’re young and invincible—that what happened in the past no longer affects us in the present. Besides, the present is exciting and entertaining and, well, alive. Why spend time talking about dead guys?

I’ve taken this approach with Jesus more often than I want to admit. I think of His life in the past tense—how He lived and how He died, how He rose from the grave, triumphant over death. But then I hit the pause button, and there the risen Jesus stays—frozen in a cloud, mid-ascension, twiddling His glorified thumbs.

But Jesus is not finished. His work on the cross is finished—it is perfect and complete (John 19:30). But His work as our Great High Priest continues. Jesus was the perfect Priest who became the spotless sacrifice, but His priesthood is ongoing. Christ died to save us, and now He lives to intercede for us before the Father (Hebrews 7:25).

Our Savior, who took on our sin and granted us His righteousness, is the One who sits at the Father’s right hand, claiming as His own those He died to save (1 John 4:10). He shepherds us even now, fulfilling the promise that none of His children will be snatched out of His hand (John 10:29). He knows our weakness, as He Himself experienced humanity in its fullness but did not sin (Hebrews 4:15). And just as He saved us “once for all” by His death on the cross (Hebrews 9:12), He saves us still, granting grace and mercy as our advocate before God and our admittance into God’s presence (1 John 2:2).  

We don’t hope today in a static story about a commendable dead guy. We hope today in the reality of the risen Christ—our forever Priest who is as alive today as He was when He walked out of the grave.

Though we stood on the opposite shore of the great chasm created by our sin, separated from our holy God, Jesus’ blood made a way for us to be reconciled to God—welcomed at His throne as heirs with Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19, Hebrews 4:16). Our priest has become our brother (Hebrews 2:11). The call to be holy—to be imitators of our holy God—is not an idle request; it is a reality of the redemption being worked out in us by our Great High Priest (1 Peter 1:15). This is the unmatched, unlimited grace of the God who has saved us fully and is saving us still.

Offer your worship today to the perfect Priest who became the perfect sacrifice­—the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world and intercedes for us before the Father (John 1:9).

Thanks be to God.   

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  • Amazing grace, how sweet the sound….I once was blind, but now I see! Let not a day go by, where we do not consider how Wonderfully, Awesome, Holy and Righteous God is! And this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he has loved us! May we never lose our wonder.

  • Kimberlee

    God saves us still…amen!

  • “So walk in love, as the messiah also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrifice and fragrant offering to God” -Ephesians 5:2

    This spoke to me so much this morning. What an ultimate sacrifice of selfless love that Jesus laid down his life for the sake and saving of our own. We forget this beautiful gift often. Lord, please help us walk in love, always remembering your sacrifice. The world is full of daggers and swords, trying for our attention and fighting for our purity. Let us be strong in your presence, remembering that you alone are all that matter. Keep our eyes towards the light, focusing on “the bright, the pure, the lovely”, and be ignorant to the rest. Protect each step, each word, each action, each breath. May we be more like you.

    • Cheri

      This is the cry of my heart this morning… thank you for sharing your heart, as it spoke so clearly to me today!!

  • My hubby and kids have all been on mission trips where they got to use the Evangicube to share the Gospel with others. The picture of the cross as a bridge to Father is probably my favorite part of the cube!! I love that imagery! That great big chasm between us and Father is no longer an issue for us because Jesus came and made a way. Thank You, Papa, that you sent Your Son as the Perfect Priest, who made the way for us to spend eternity with You… and who still makes a way today for all who choose to accept Him as their Savior.

  • Oh wow, to be like Him! One day, we will see Abba Daddy and Oh to know we will be like Him.
    I remember as a small child always looking up to my daddy who was much taller than me, with mighty big shoes, and thinking just how much I wanted to be like him… You see, my daddy was a man on a mission,God’s mission. He never floundered or swayed, but stood faithfully in his beliefs and taught me and my siblings just who God was. Who the Son was and what the Holy Spirit was left here todo… He taught Sunday School, was a deacon , taught R.A.’s , did missions both local and in the States. He never went abroad but I feel that if God had called him there he would of packed and went. And I always wanted to be like him…. As I grew my faith in God grew also, and I put my trust in Christ Jesus who could give me eternal life and with the help of the Holy Spirit I know one day,I will be like Him, my Abba Daddy. Though I don’t travel much, I am to be ready, ready to be about my Heavenly Fathers business, sharingthe Gospel with all I meet.
    Thanks for the wonderful studies… It really helps one to grow….

  • Love your heart and message.

  • “The call to be holy-to be imitators of our holy God-is not an idle request; it is a reality of the redemption being worked out in us by our Great High Priest.”

    The statement above is convicting me this morning. It’s so hard to love the unlovable BUT because Christ loved me, an unlovable sinner, I am called to love those who are hard to love. I talked with my husband for a long time about this last night and this morning, after reading this, I don’t just feel like I need to love them out of obligation but I feel convicted to love them because I am called to be an imitator of Christ.

    Conviction can be hard but it also feels right. I love when I feel true conviction from the Holy Spirit because my soul feels this deep satisfaction in God’s truth and love for me.

  • Jess Gardiner

    It is Christ’s ongoing sanctification work that makes the command to be imitators of God even possible! Rejoicing today in God’s perfect provision.

  • Todays devotion and everyones comments brought so much joy to my heart thank you all. Please pray for my husband he knows Christ and he has a super big heart but needs his eyes open and he has so much going on right now I can’t even get in to it all. Thank you.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying with you, sweet friend. Grateful we’re in this together.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Elizabeth Stewart

    This Christmas season I have been thinking about the Lamb of God too. It occurred to me that Jesus was born in a stable not because there was no room in the inn. Jesus was born in a stable because that is where lambs are born. God had that planned from the beginning of time. I love these little nuggets.

  • Keri McCue

    “Though we stood on the opposite shore of the great chasm created by our sin, separated from our holy God, Jesus’ blood made a way for us to be reconciled to God” – This is such a beautiful way to put it! Jesus’ blood is the bridge for us to be forgiven. This is so beautiful!!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • Alexandra

    Overwhelmed today by my sweet sweet Savior, Jesus. I love hearing Hebrews 7:25 “He is also able to save the uttermost those who come to God brought Him, since He lives to make intercession for them.” HE LIVES TO MAKE INTERCESSION FOR ME?!? For ALL?!? Oh we praise you Jesus! What a wonderful, powerful, beautiful name it is!! His work as our great High Priest is ongoing. It hasn’t stopped and He goes before the Father for me. I am undone by his powerful truth today, undone. If you haven’t heard the song “What a Beautiful Name it is” by Hillsong do yourself a favor and go listen and just sit in worship. It’s so good!

    • Veronica

      Literally was listening to that song right when I finished the devotional and read your comment!

  • Rachel Marineau

    This is the most beautifully written reminder of our Living Savior! <3

  • Hebrews 4:12 came to mind as I read today. No history book is “living and active” because it’s history. Christ is here now!

  • I love the reality that Jesus is working out the redemption in me. That active force within me fighting the flesh and spurring me on toward holiness. Resting in that truth today. We are not fighting this battle alone.

  • “He is as alive TODAY as He was when He walked out of the grave!” Hallelujah! His love and power never ceases to amaze me. May we live today with the confidence and hope that He lives today as our forever priest. Amen.

  • So thankful for grace❣❣

  • I agree be initiates of God.

  • churchmouse

    I’m so grateful that SRT schedules a ‘grace day’ every week. I will need tomorrow to chew long on today’s precious Scriptures and Amanda’s devotion. So much good stuff! I was a history buff – I loved all the old dead guys but the fact remains – they’re dead. Lessons can be learned from studying them but they’re still dead (no disrespect intended). BUT Jesus – I never tire of reading of Him! His Words are alive and though I have read some of the Scriptures many many times, they are still fresh and new each time. More importantly, His Words are not subject to revisionist history. It is always Truth. The same yesterday, today and forever. Though some try to ignore it or minimalize it or repudiate it, “the word of the Lord endures forever.” It is just so wonderful! It makes me full of wonder! He still speaks!

  • I am particularly enjoying the prefaces for each day. The historical facts are very helpful to me as I did not grow up in a Christian church. Thanks – I love you ladies and the work you do!

  • Shelly S.

    I John 4:10 speaks to me so loudly. Nothing I did makes me deserve the love of God. Pure unmerited grace. As it’s the grace God extends to all. John Maxwell said it this way: Everybody is somebody Christ died for. Important for me to remember when I want to feel short with other drivers in traffic, with unhelpful people in stores, with people I see on the TV news and surely with people in my circle of influence. Jesus help me remember that you came for them as much as me!

  • 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Peter 1:19-20

    The PRECIOUS blood of Jesus Christ is what we were redeemed with!!! Thank you for your sacrifice, Jesus!

  • Carlyhoward

    rcede for us! He sits at the right hand of the father and we can go DIRECTLY to him, in confidence because not only did he PROMISE us forgiveness and love— he has FULFILLED his promise. We are His forever! Today I pray I act like I am His, and look like I am His, and speak like I am His, and love like I am His. Thank you for today, praying for the SRT community this advent season. I’m so thankful for all the she’s! Sending each and everyone the peace that is Christ our High Priest . <3

  • I love the reminder of obedience today. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance” (1 Peter 14) We are born new in Christ and are called to be obedient to his commandments in our every day lives. “But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct”(1 Peter 1:15)

    I often hear people (and myself in the past!) picking and choosing what they want to believe out of the Bible. Speaking as if Jesus didn’t really mean what he said, or that it doesn’t apply to us anymore. “By obedience to the TRUTH, having purified yourself for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart”(1 Peter 1:22) Everything Jesus said was true. It’s comforting to know that He never changes and is still our Preist today reminding us to walk in the light! Even though we may not always particularly “like” every thing Jesus expects us to do, it is the truth and that is why we are obedient. Love that!

  • Kelly R Smith

    “But then I hit the pause button, and there the risen Jesus stays—frozen in a cloud, mid-ascension, twiddling His glorified thumbs.” I am guilty of this mentality at times. Jesus seems like a thing of the past, someone who once was. When I worship, I try to imagine Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father enjoying the praise we give Him. This helps me keep Him in the present tense. We worship a risen Savior, an active Advocate, the one and only High Priest.

  • Amen! Thanks be to God!

  • Thank you Jesus!

  • Lord I pray that all of us to today, and every day, answer Your call to be holy imitators. May we rest in the peace of knowing that we have the King of Kings as our personal advocate! What a crazy awesome blessing.

  • Thank you Jesus..

    Thank you for becoming the perfect sacrifice – the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world…and covered us with a thick blanket of love and grace, mercy and forgiveness, faithfulness and truth…
    Jesus, praying my worship today be in ALL I do, from the simplest of hellos, to a smile, to the greatest of hugs, in my serving, the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Lord, I pray these be acceptable to you..My Savior, My confort, My shelter, My strength., in the life giving Name of Jesus I pray…Amen..

    An old one, but one that came to mind…Here I am to worship…

    https://youtu.be/CoxopsRSfdU

    Praying the Light of the world, shine in your hearts and over your families today and throughout these coming weeks…hugs and love Sisters..xx

    • Dana

      And you as well! Thank you!!

    • Jaime

      Amen sister! So beautifully said.

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Praying this with you today Tina…..I am especially praying this….I have been on edge this week (high stress at work) and got “short” with a co worker….I didn’t yell or get angry, but I was not loving in my actions – I was very direct and short. I have apologized multiple times and have sought forgiveness (from her and our Father) but I can’t shake the guilt. I want my words, my actions, my life to represent Him….and that was not OK….at all. Being frustrated is not an excuse to be short. Also, we are hosting the staff Christmas party tonight….so easy to get swept up in “things”….praying I stay in Him……..
      love to you this morning sweet sister!!!

    • DebbieinAZ

      Amen. Praying with you and for you and all our sisters this morning. Blessings, peace, love, hope, strength in every situation. In the name of our precious savior. Amen.

    • Debbie

      Wow, as I read, I think what a tool the internet has become for Christians….we can interact and intercede for people all over the world and feel a relationship with each other. I am praying God’s power for each person who read SRT today and every situation you find yourself in. Light of the world shine. Sending my love by the touch of Christ to each of you knowing God’s plans for your day is HIS plan, stay under his wing.

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