Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Vision in the temple
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”
Priests were the chosen leaders whose roles were to be mediators between the people and God. The role of those in the priesthood included dealing with (1) the ignorant and (2) those that are going astray (vs.2). God created the ultimate priest in His son Jesus Christ. God appointed Jesus as a priest of a higher order than that of Aaron. The priesthood of Aaron was to be but temporary. The priesthood of Christ was to be perpetual. In verses 7-8 Christ’s journey in this world was not without pain: he hungered, he was tempted, he suffered and he died. Christ’s life is the ultimate example of how we should live. Not only did Christ pray, but prayed with fervent cries and tears (vs. 8). How many dry prayers do we offer up to God!?
Christ became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (vs. 10). Christ has left us an example that we should learn to be gentle and humble to the will of God, by all our afflictions. It is through our afflictions that we learn submission. Once we have submitted we become new creation. A mnemonic for the word CHRISTIAN is in CHRIST I Am New.
As Christians, being able to deal with others “gently” (vs. 2) is an essential characteristic. When we are gentle it often leads us to care and be compassionate because we are concerned about the same things as our Lord. In Galatians 5:22-23 we learn the fruits of the spirit are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These traits can be seen by the ultimate priest chosen by God, his son, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: - Dear Lord, continue to transform us into the royal priesthood you have called us to become and be able to model our High Priest, your only Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Thought for the day: “We have been called to be a part of a royal priesthood, let’s look to our High Priest for training.”
Jaison and Anila, Epiphany, MTC, NY.