“Higher Things” Reflection for July 19

 

Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever. 1 Samuel 2:35

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. It’s bad enough that the people kept breaking God’s commandments, but so did the priests! Hophni and Phineas, the sons of Eli, corrupted the worship and worshipers in Israel.

What they needed was to be put down by the Lord, which He did. And He raised up a replacement, a faithful priest. It took awhile but the Lord kept His promise. That faithful priest is Jesus. As true God and true man He both comes to us as God and He stands before the Father as one of us. He is the perfect “go between” for the Creator and the creatures.

On the God side, He stills the Lord’s wrath against our sins by His sacrificial death on the cross. On the man side, He rescues our human nature from the poison and stain of sin by being perfect and sinless.

Some people like to say we don’t need pastors or priests because now we can go straight to God. That misses the point. Our pastors aren’t there to come between us and God. They are there to remind us that our Great High Priest is Jesus. Our pastors preach that Jesus’ death is what saves us from our sins and His resurrection is what guarantees our being raised on the Last Day.

But the pastors Christ calls do stand before us as the hands and mouth of Jesus: His voice to speak forgiveness for our sins;.His hands to wash us and to give us His body and blood. We need pastors, not to get to God but because it is through them that Jesus comes to us with His gifts. And those gifts are certain so that we know all of our wickedness has been dealt with by our Savior. And you, being in Christ, are a part of the house the Father has built for this ever-faithful and eternal priest, Jesus. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Since we have a priest who suffered, Knowing weakness, tears, and pain, Who like us was tried and tempted, Unlike us, without a stain — Since He shared our lowly place, Let us boldly seek His grace. LSB 529:2

Source: Higher Things : July 19, 2012 – Thursday of the Sixth Week after Trinity.

 

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