Crumbs
August 11, 2020
232. Week of Sixth Sunday after Trinity - Sunday
Christ is our true and only High Priest.
          Here is the High Priest we needed - holy, innocent, spotless, separated from sinners, and risen higher than the heavens.   Hebrews 7:26
          The high priest of the Church of God in the Old Testament had three duties to perform. In the first place, he had to see that the people kept the Law of God. Secondly, he had to sacrifice for the sins of the people. Thirdly, he had to pray for the people. All this was imperfect. For, in the first place, the high priest could not keep the Law of God himself. So, secondly, he had to sacrifice for himself also. And what did he sacrifice? Beasts. And thirdly, he himself was in need of intercession. The high priests of the Old Testament were but shadows and types of the true High Priest. "Here is the High Priest we needed - holy, innocent, spotless, separated from sinners, and risen higher than the heavens." And Him we have. Christ is our true and only High Priest. In the first place, seeing that we cannot keep the Law of God, He keeps it for us. "When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem them that were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Gal. 4:4,5) Secondly, He sacrificed for our sins - what? - Himself. "Christ His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree." (1 Pet. 2:24) "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) "This He did once." (Hebr. 7:27) In doing so, all was accomplished. Thirdly, He continually intercedes for us before His heavenly Father, pleading the atonement which He has wrought. "If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the Righteous: and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:1,2) Dear Christian, put your trust wholly and solely in this High Priest.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, My only High Priest, how merciful You are! You have fulfilled the burdensome Law for me. You have sacrificed Yourself for me. You at all times intercede for me. In You, in You alone, I will  trust. You will do it, You will save me. Amen.

Second Part : Catechism Lessons
August 11, 2020