OUR HIGH PRIEST
I remember it vividly. It was my freshman year of college in Atlanta and the Freshman Dean was hoping to say something to encourage us—both to ensure that we would make it to graduation 4 or 5 years later and let us know just how serious this new endeavor was. He starts off, “You are your own Jesus Christ...”. Whatever he said after that I don’t remember. Till this day, my reaction is the same. Internally I both cry “blasphemy...” and “that’s just wrong....quite wrong”.
He made the same critical error that those critics of Moses and Aaron—Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and On—made. They claimed erroneously and foolishly that “all are holy...God is in the midst of us all”. Which Moses understands to mean that they themselves sought the priesthood. They were near to God but they were not the priests, not Aaron. Even this side of the cross where we now we enjoy the incredible privilege of coming before the throne of God boldly and directly, let us not loose sight of the fact that it was because of the one man, Jesus Christ, that even now we are able to draw near. He alone was able to make that sacrifice that eternally satisfied the wrath of His Holy Father. We could not save ourselves. We could not claim His, the highest of all priesthoods, as our own.
Let us pray wisely then like the old puritans before us:
Gracious Father, Convince me that I cannot be my own God,
or make myself happy, nor my own Christ to restore my joy,
nor my own Spirit to teach, guide, rule me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen*
*From, Man A Nothing , The Valley of Vision, ed. Arthur Bennett, published by Banner of Truth Trust.