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Advent 2006

 

“Jesus is Our Priest”

Advent Service

 

December 10th, 2006

 

 

Call to Worship

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

 

Jesse Tree

Priest

 

Corporate Singing

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus #77

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing #88

Before the Throne of God Above

 

Special Music

Silent Night

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle

Hebrews 9

 

Meditation
(Outline)

'The Mediator and the Sacrifice'

I. Introduction:

 We do not talk much about priests as Protestants. We may speak of ‘the priesthood of all believers’ but usually the mention of a priest makes us think of men in black robes that our Catholic friends confess to. Yet, the office of priest was very important in the Old Testament and if we are truly to appreciate and savor what Christ has done for us, then it would do us good to meditate on the fact that Christ is our High Priest.

 

II. Questions concerning Jesus as our priest:

 

 A. What was the purpose of the office of priest in the Old Testament?

· The priest was to be the mediator between God and man. The priest was to represent the people before God.

· As the mediator, the priest was to offer sacrifices on behalf of the people to atone for their sins. The people were to offer sacrifices to God throughout the year and the priest assisted in these sacrifices. Likewise, once a year, the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies and offer an atoning sacrifice for his own sins and the sins of the people. This was called the Day of Atonement.

· Passages:

 1. Leviticus 16 (Day of Atonement)

 2. Hebrews 5:1-4, 9:1-10

 

 B. Why do we need a priest?

· We need a priest because we are sinners and only a blood sacrifice can atone for sin. We need someone to represent us (sinful man) before a Holy God. We need one who will intercede for us. We are desperate for God’s wrath to be appeased.

· Passages:

 1. Romans 3:21-26

 2. Hebrews 5:1,

 

 C. Why do we believe that Jesus is our Priest?

· He is our Mediator before God. Like the Old Testament priests, He intercedes on our behalf before God (see Hebrews , Romans ). Yet, unlike the Old Testament priests, Christ does this continually. He is our representative before God.

· He is our Sacrifice. Christ is not only the priest who offers the sacrifice, by His death on the cross He actually became the sacrifice itself. He is the one who offers and the offering that is given is Himself. Unlike the Old Testament priests, Christ did not offer the blood of bulls and goats to atone for sin, He offered His own blood, once for all. Since He was truly God and truly man and since He was a spotless lamb, holy in every way, His sacrifice was acceptable to the Father. We know this because three days later He raised Him from the dead!!

· Passages:

 1. Hebrews 9:11-28

 2. Matthew 27-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 23-24, John 19-20

 

III. Response:

 

  • We should offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the one who offered Himself for us (Romans 12:1-2)
  • We should hold fast our confession and come boldly to the throne of grace in our time of need (Hebrews -16).
  • We should eagerly wait for the return of Christ (Hebrews ).

Hymn of Response and Praise

Praise Him, Praise Him #227

Last Updated ( Sunday, 17 December 2006 )

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