The True High Priest and Our Advocate (Advent 2012 – Day 13

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Today’s Scripture Reads:

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

—Hebrews 8:1–2

Thanks to Jesus Christ we have a new priest. The link between God and man is not just another “holy” man in a robe, a man who is a sinner just like us, but rather Christ himself. Christ is our advocate and it is Christ who justifies, sanctifies, and redeems us. The old testament sacrifices and tabernacle were merely a glimpse of what was to come. A great sacrifice would be made, but it would not be a mere animal. God would be in communion with his people one day, but it wouldn’t come through a tabernacle, an ark, or a priestly order. This all would come, to the shock and surprise of many, through a carpenter’s son and a cross.

In this way we look to Christmas as a celebration of the day when the shadows began to leave and we got our first glimpse of the real thing. We celebrate the day when we could stop looking forward to God’s promises and know that they have already reached completion. We celebrate a God who loves us in spite of ourselves, and one who keeps his promises. As we look forward to Christmas we should be reminded of all those who came before Christ, those who had hope that God would act even if they did not know how or know if they would see the day. We should also remember to give thanks that we were fortunate enough to have been born in a day when Christ is our high priest and the promises of God are being fulfilled as we speak. It is a glorious time to be alive.

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