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December 8 - Evening

"Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to savecompletely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them."

- Hebrews 7:24-25

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Jesus the High Priest    

The Jewish high priests of the Levitical system represented man to God from an temple on earth,
but these priests served only for their lifetime since they died and the priesthood was given to
another. Josephus says there were 83 high priests from Aaron until the destruction of the temple
in 70 AD. But, Jesus Christ did not enter a temple on earth, but instead upon his ascension into heaven Jesus entered into the real presence of God in the eternal temple. Because of this Jesus’ priest hood is described in Greek as aparabatos which means “permanent” making Jesus’
service as high priest for man before God in heaven as an unchanging. Since Jesus lives forever
and his priesthood is permanent in the eternal temple in heaven the quality of his priestly ministry cannot be compared to the Levitical priests.

                “Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.” – Hebrews 7:24

Because, Jesus lives forever and his priesthood is permanent, the writer of Hebrews draws this conclusion:

                “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him.”

The salvation that Jesus provides is described as “completely” from the Greek expression
eis to panteles
that is used only one other place in the GNT: “a woman was there who had
been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.”
(Luke 11:13) Just as the woman was “completely” bent over, those who come to Jesus are “completely” saved.

The verb “come” in the phrase “save completely those who come to God through him,” is
proseromai and is also used in Hebrews 4:16; 10:1; 11:6; 12:18; 12:22 to refer to an
approach to God in worship. The idea is to come near to God from far away similar to
Ephesians 2:13. Through the high priesthood of Jesus individuals can approach God from their rebellious state of sin to worship and attain complete salvation. This is available to all mankind,
but not accessed by all since many refuse to approach God through the high priesthood of Jesus.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

The reason this salvation is “permanent” and “complete” is “because he always lives to intercede
for them” in the presence of the eternal God. This was promised in Isaiah 53:12, seen by Stephen in
Acts 7:56, experience by Peter in Luke 22:32 and all the disciples in Jesus high-priestly prayer in
John 17. But, Jesus being eternally in the presence of God as our representative to see that our salvation is effective and productive is spoken of by Paul in his letter to the Romans:

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
– Romans 8:33-34

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The first reaction to truth is hatred." - Tertullian




Something to Ponder??

According to the Mishnah (Jewish commentary on the Torah) Jesus’ trial should have qualified for a retrial for several reasons besides the lying, manipulation and the presenting of false witnesses. Some other technical violations would include:

  1. No trials were held the day before the Sabbath or before a festival
  2. Trials were held on the Temple Mount not in the judges home
  3. Capital crimes (verdict death penalty) were tried in daytime
  4. A conviction of capital punishment had to
    be reconfirmed the
    day later after a
    night of sleep
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Nomos (Gr) - Law (Eng) - nomos is Greek noun translated "law." Nomos comes from the
verb nemo which means "to deal out," and "distribute." Because, customs, commands and
laws are "distributed" the word nomos began to refer to anything established, anything
received as a custom, and anything established as a law.


In Ephesians 2:14 Paul refers to a "dividing wall of hostility." This is a reference to a 4 foot, six inch barrier that prevented Gentiles access into the inner courts of the temple. The Gentiles could enter the outer courts that included Solomon's colonnade made of 37 foot high pillars two wide that ran around the outer courts along the Temple Mount wall that ran for 3/4 of a mile. But, the Gentiles were prevented from entering the inner courts by the barrier and warned, according to Josephus, with 13 stone slabs with inscriptions in both Greek and Latin saying, according to Josephus, that "no foreigner should go within that sanctuary."

Archaeologists have found
two of these warning stones and they say,
"No foreigner is allowed to enter within the balustrade surrounding the sanctuary and the court enclosed. Whoever is caught will be personally responsible for his ensuing death."

An assumed violation of this warning is what put Paul in prison and the Roman court system for 5 years (57-62 AD) beginning in Acts 21:27-30. (Info here and Image Here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I take advantage of the fact that I can approach God for strength, guidance, and
to make requests and intercessions because of the high-priestly ministry of Jesus?
I will approach God through Jesus Christ for worship and to pray for myself and others.
  "For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from
the Lord. But whoever fails
to find me harms himself;
all who hate me love death."
- Proverbs 8:35-36
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem


Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Jerusalem from 500 AD (click on image for larger size)

This is a view from the east side of Jerusalem looking east towards Jericho and the Jordan Valley that leads into the Dead Sea.
Jericho is the lowest city on earth. (click on image for larger size)
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