S (Scripture): Hebrews 7:23 And the others who became priests were numerous, because death prevented them from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently since he lives forever. 25 So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men subject to weakness, but the word of solemn affirmation that came after the law appoints a son made perfect forever.
O (Observation): The author of Hebrews points out a difference between priests appointed by humans, and THE priest appointed by God AFTER the law. Obviously, human priests come and go, but Jesus lives forever, and is thus our priest forever. Jesus needs NOT make a sacrifice for his own sins – he did this once and for all – before making a sacrifice for the sins of the people.
Jesus truly is the priest of all priests.
A (Application): Has someone ever spoken up for you? What did that feel like? What if someone spoke up for you, but you didn’t deserve it?
These questions point to what I experience when I’m praying the Lord’s Prayer (when I’m not reciting it by rote : )
I’m reminded of a God who is for us. …a God who is with us and saving us…even before we knew what God was up to…even while we are steeped in sin. Jesus intercedes for us. And now, we are free to forgive others and seek glimpses of God’s Kingdom actively arising in our midst.
What will you do with this freedom?
P (Prayer): Lord, we give you thanks for bringing us to a point where we are able to join you in your work in this world. Give us strength and courage. Amen.