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A View from the Altar / Priesthood (Hebrews 5)
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Priesthood (Hebrews 5)

Hebrews 5 takes up the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  From the outset it’s clear that priest has a mediatorial function — he goes between us and God on our behalf offering gifts and sacrifices for sins (v1).  The tacit subtext is that a thrice-holy God cannot accept such things directly from sinners and rebels against his rule.

Think about this for a moment.  Suppose a convicted criminal offered the governor something in exchange for a pardon.  What would we call that except a bribe?  And the Bible says God doesn’t take bribes. (Dt 10:17)  So in order for God to be reconciled to sinners, a simple quid pro quo in which we leave something valuable on the altar in exchange for pardon won’t do.  Something of vast significance must distinguish the offering.

This, by the way, is one of the great theological failings of Islam.  Whereas the true God is “just and the justifier of the one who believes in Jesus” (Ro 3:26) any pardon supposedly secured under Allah is unjust — an abrogation of law.  There is no sacrifice and no mediator.  If there is any mercy at all, Allah is obliged to let the broken law stand as violated and unsatisfied, convicting himself as the ultimate unjust judge.

But God himself in the person of Christ is mediator for us and offers his own death as eternal payment for sins.  God remains holy — untouched and certainly unbribed by sinners — while the austere claims of his just law are fully met in the body of our divine Substitute.  Thus the whole transaction in which men are saved takes place out of reach of man.

And consider this: The only thing fallen man contributed to our Lord’s Passion was the sin that stalked him, betrayed him, scourged him, crucified him, and mocked him while he died.  All that was holy, just, and good, all that was mediatorial, priestly, and compassionate was furnished by God, and God alone.

Under the Mosaic code, the priests offered sacrifices for their own sins.  Christ, the Sinless One, had no need of doing so.  Hence, the Old Covenant set forth its own inadequacy.  A priest who had to offer for himself was — guess what? — just another sinner.  A mediator who can actually save sinners must therefore be not just one more rebel from the tribe of rebels, but rather one who partakes of their flesh and yet who brings to his office the kind of perfection God requires.  And he must offer for sins something better than the blood of bulls and goats which can never take away sins. Instead, he offered himself before God, a perfect payment of a perfect Lamb presented to a perfect God by a perfect priest.  No wonder, then, that there is no salvation in any name except that of Jesus Christ, the one perfect Savior for the fallen race of man.

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