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The Only Priest (3 of 5)
Series: The Better Jesus
OPEN: "Confiding in a co-worker, I told her about a problem in our office and my fear that I would lose my job. She was concerned and said she would pray for me. I know she keeps a list of 10 people she believes need her prayers the most, so I asked her if she had room for me on her list."
"'Oh, yes,' she replied. 'Three of the people have died.'" (Kaye Gordon, R.Digest, 6/01, p. 64)
APPLICATION: Usually when someone prays for us... we'd like to have better results than that.
There are times in our lives when we feel the need to have someone else pray for us. Times when we are faced with difficulties, hardships and obstacles that we just don't feel we can handle on our own. Those are the times when it's encouraging to know someone cares enough to pray for us. The Bible calls that type of prayer intercession and it encourages intercession throughout its pages.
• God had Abraham intercede for Kings
• Job was told by God to intercede for his friends
• Paul urged "that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone" (I Timothy 2:1)
And now here, in this passage of Hebrews we find that we have been paid the ultimate compliment: "... (Jesus) always lives to intercede for (us). Hebrews 7:25
Jesus intercedes for us. Boy, if you want results, you want Jesus praying for you. But as encouraging as that thought is for us, that Jesus is interceding for us, the writer of Hebrews is telling us that it means more than just having Jesus pray for us.
I. The writer is talking here about Jesus' in His role as our NEW High Priest
You see, back in the Old Testament there was one man whose job was to "intercede for God's people." That person was known as the High Priest. Once a year, this High Priest would make special sacrifice (for his and the people's sins) and bring the blood of that sacrifice into the presence of God. He would offer the sacrifices on th ...
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