Sunday 28th June, 2015

Standing in the Gap!
Priesthood.  Representatives of God.  One who stands between humans and God to intercede.  In our church we don’t use the word that much.  That’s because it has many negative connotations in our day and age because of the failure of human priests to represent God rightly.  Thus we shy away from using it.  

However, there is a danger in this attitude.  We don’t regard or understand the role of the Priest in our Christian walk.  Now, I’m not talking about Ian or myself.  I’m not talking about human priesthoods.  They fail!  

This failure is exposed and shown for what it is in the book of Hebrews.  Consider these words, 

“If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?” - Hebrews 7:11

Human priests and priesthoods can not attain perfection.  Or in other words, they can not be the means by which you and I attain ‘righteousness’ (right-ness) before God.  It is no wonder that priests let us down...they are only human!  

I’ve been watching an ABC show called ‘Dig’ recently.  It’s fascinating watching as a CIA operative in Jerusalem stumbles upon a secret plot to re-establish the Temple and Levitical Priesthood.  

When I was in Jerusalem last year it was obvious that the re-establishment of the Old Testament system of sacrifices and priesthood in the Temple was no secret.  It was in your face everywhere.  The desire to go back to the Levitical priesthood is palpable as you walk through the Jewish Quarter of Old Jerusalem.

As Christians we can get a bit excited about this sort of thing.  The reestablishment of the Temple and Jewish cult.  I wonder why.  It failed once and will again...it is human.  

Praise God that he has provided an ‘eternal’ Priesthood that has no origin in the flesh.  The appearance of that shadowy figure Melchizedek in Genesis 14 and the coming of Jesus has fulfilled all the Priestly duties and requirements for you and I.  Jesus as Priest offered himself as our sacrifice of atonement.  He entered the holy place after his resurrection, entering glory and the presence of God present you and me before the Father.  

We have no need for human priests.  As Jesus never fails to attain perfection for you and me.  We have a perfect eternal Great High Priest who stands in the gap forever between God and us.

Praise be to Jesus!

Grace and Hope,
Stephen