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- Created to Draw Near: Our Life as God’s Royal Priests by Edward Welch“Jesus the High Priest” (Chapter 25)The Priesthood of Jesus ChristNot from the line of Levi and AaronPatterned after the Priesthood of Melchizedek4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”Our High Priest is from the earth.Like Melchizedek, Jesus shares in our humanity.Experienced weakness and needExperienced temptation to sinBut remained sinlessEmpathetic and gracious intercessor14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.Our High Priest is from heaven.No record of Melchizedek’s lineage, birth, death, or place of originBy analogy, this pictures Jesus the one from heaven with no beginning or end.3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.Our High Priest is our King from heaven.Jesus has divine, heavenly authority.Jesus returned the priesthood to the true meaning and intent of the Law of God.28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Our High Priest is eternal.The eternal Son of God came from heaven and has now returned to heaven.He finished the work his Father sent him to do and now is seated at the right hand of God.His sacrifice is the final sacrifice, and his priesthood is eternal.No need for any more sacrifices or any more priestsOur Heavenly LineageOur heavenly lineage now surpasses the importance of our physical lineage.We have been born of God.5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.“Believe” (Chapter 26)“With the temple and its sacrifices fulfilled in Jesus, the way to be cleansed and close to God is to follow him. In short, it’s to believe.” - Edward WelchSigns Pointing Us to Faith in JesusSigns “are moments when heaven is opened, when the transforming power of God’s love bursts in to the present world.” - Tom WrightTurning water into wine - Jesus’ disciples believed.Healing a nobleman’s son - he believed.Healing a lame man on Sabbath - some believed; other rejected.Feeding 5,000 with one boy’s lunch - many believed.Healing a man born blind - he believed and worshiped him.Final Sign: Raising of LazarusThe purpose of Lazarus’s death was to reveal Jesus’ glory, leading to faith in him.25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.Summary of John’s Gospel30 Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.“These are just a few of the signs that Jesus is the one who descended from heaven. They all point to the glory of the Lamb slain for us. Look at the signs. Listen to his words. Then believe.” - Edward Welch“John puts the question before us: “Do you believe that he is the one sent by the Father?” A simple response of believing becomes a sign both to ourselves and to the world that we belong to the family of God through Jesus. If you believe him, you belong to him.” - Edward Welch“So true worship is founded on believing what God has said and done. That has always been the foundation of life with God.” - Edward Welch“As Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, you don’t have to be close to Jerusalem. Rather, you come to Christ, the living water, the living tabernacle. You come to him, the truth, the embodiment of the invisible spirit God who cannot be contained by a temple.” - Edward Welch
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