JESUS: YOUR HIGH PRIEST
Thursday, January 4th
(Make Confessions To His Name)
TO THE BIBLE: Hebrews 3:1-2
“Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.”
From our opening Scripture, we see that under the New Testament, Jesus Christ is our High Priest. What does that mean, you ask? It means He’s the one ordained by God to receive the sacrifices we offer to God, just as Aaron (Moses’ brother) was High Priest, ordained to receive the animal sacrifices and gifts offered to God (Exodus 28:1). God wasn’t satisfied with those physical sacrifices back then in the Old Covenant, because true sacrifice is spiritual, as man is a spirit and God is a spirit.
Today, Jesus has become your High Priest and Hebrews 13:15 says, “Therefore by Him (Jesus) let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Through Him, we offer the “fruits” of our lips, giving thanks to His Name. This is the sacrifice God expects us to offer today, not bulls or calves on a physical altar but the “calves” of our lips as Hosea 14:2 puts it, “Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.
The expression “giving thanks to His Name” in Hebrews 13:15 quoted above is translated from the Greek word “homologeo,” which means “to make confessions to His Name.” It means, “to say the same things in agreement with God, to the glory of His Name.” For example, when you say, “I’m more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus,” or “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world”; you’re making confessions of the Word to His Name. Remember, your faith-filled confession is the victory that overcomes the world; they’re the materials the Masterbuilder, our High Priest, presents before the Father, with which your life is built.Go
Hebrews 4:14-15; Hebrews 8:1-3
Dear Father, I thank you for ordaining the Lord Jesus Christ to be the High Priest of my confessions. By Him I offer today, the calves of my lips, making confessions to His Name in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Matthew 4, Genesis 9-11
Matthew 2:13-23, Genesis 4
Take advantage of the Lord’s ministry as your High Priest and make confessions to His Name today by declaring what His Word says about you.