Priesthood. Scripture, reflection and reverence.
Hebrews 5:1-6 "Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Reflection. There is a lovely word to those who hold leadership, even priestly, Presbyteral roles within the life of the church. They should 'deal gently' with people because we all share the same weaknesses. Jesus told a story where people had been let off different value debts. He asked who would be happiest. The response was the one who had been forgiven most would be most pleased. A lesson to leaders, perhaps. It is a remarkable calling to lead in Christian circles. It does bring honour but that honour should not be sought, it only comes as a result of the calling...deal gently!
Notice that Jesus is appointed to the role of High Priest by the one who said, 'you are my Son. Today I have begotten you.' How does the Creed go, 'Begotten, not made.' If you didn't before, you now know where that derives from. Just as the priesthood of believers derives from Christ Jesus, the Great High Priest.
Reverence. Jesus, our Great High Priest, we worship and revere you with thankful hearts. Intercede for us, we pray. Amen.