Today’s Reading: Hebrews 5:1-10
This side of the resurrection of Jesus, the priesthood is different than before. All believers in Him are priests. They make sacrifices of prayer and thanks all the time. But you see in this Scripture a very human description of the high priest. He was chosen from among men to make sacrifices for sins, but he himself was a sinner. He can deal gently with the ignorant and the straying because of his own sinfulness. Does that remind you of anyone in your life?
Your called and ordained pastor is a priest like you and also a sinner like you. Therefore, he needs the forgiveness of sins like you. He is given authority by God through the congregation to publicly forgive sins and retain sins, but he needs it as well. Christ had authority placed on Him by His Father. He was a man under authority and with that authority he did marvelous things. His blood was shed not for His sins but ours. He was appointed to make a sacrifice for all the sins of pastors and priests. He is the high priest forever. Forever, He stands as the sacrifice for all.
Prayer: The infant Priest was holy born For us unholy and forlorn; From fleshly temple forth came He, Anointed from eternity. The great High Priest in human flesh Was icon of God’s righteousness. His hallowed touch brought sanctity; His hand removed impurity. (The Infant Priest Was Holy Born 624:1-2)
This devotion was written by Reverend Troy Peperkorn, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Reinbeck, IA.