21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest

Series 21

Episode 1

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “The Father made the Lord the high priest.” What God gives us shows His love. What happened among the Trinity God was truly amazing! Psalm 110 says that the Father has sworn and will not change His mind to make the Lord our high priest forever. On one hand, it shows the Father’s determination to send the Lord to be a man and die for us. On the other hand, it shows the Lord’s eagerness to be our high priest. In the Gospel according to John, many times the Lord Jesus declared that He was sent by the Father, and without reluctance, He came. This action shows how great the Lord’s desire is towards us! We should really come to Him with confidence.

Message

Brothers and sisters, we are extremely blessed! The Father has used all He has to give us the best. It is so precious that He is all loving, all-wise and almighty. As Paul had mentioned, God did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us on the cross. Abba can easily give us all things as He already gave us the Lord. The Father also gives Himself to us. This grace is so immense and beyond words can describe!

We were the ones who sinned against Him. In this world, who would be willing to hire the best attorney to defend those who are against them? Psalm 110 is so precious. In verse 4 it reads, “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.’”

Such an honorable priesthood cannot be claimed by mere men, because it is very glorious. The Father has sworn to make His beloved Son a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. Abba and the Lord know our needs so well. They did not forsake us when we sinned. Rather, they made the ultimate sacrifice! Only the God of love can do this. His love is so divine.

If God gave us all things, or even created more universes for us, they could not be compared to what has happened among the Trinity God, which I treasure most. Of course, we should never despise what He has given us because from it we can see His love and affection. There’s a saying in Chinese that even a small gift shows great love. Out of His loving heart to us, He takes care of all aspects of our life. Therefore, how deep is His love and care for us? As written in Romans 5: 8, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” From this, we see the depths of His love, and we know that He takes care of us from the depths of His heart.

I treasure so much what happened among the Trinity God. Let’s read again Psalm 110:4, “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” The Father spoke these words to the Lord. We can also see the Lord’s desire from this Bible verse. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are One, the Only true God. The Father knows the Lord’s eagerness to accomplish this—to be our high priest. In the Gospel according to John, the Lord mentioned many times that He was sent by the Father. He treasured that the Father sent Him and He was willing to be sent. At the same time, we also see the determination of the Father. He did not have any regrets. The Lord was not forced to be the high priest by the Father. Luke 12:50 reads, “I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!” The Lord’s baptism refers to the Lord’s suffering and the shedding of His blood on the cross. How zealous was His heart!

Song of Solomon 2:8 reads, “Behold, he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills,” in order to see our faces. Isn’t this very precious?

1 Thessalonians 5:10 says He came to die for us, so that He can see our face and live with us.

It is also written in Hebrews that we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 10:19)

When the Lord was on earth, He said: “I am the Way.” He came to be the Way. For you and me, He opens a new and living way to enter the holy places. Never had such a way existed before, and now, there’s no more barriers between God and us! God witnesses that the Lord died in order for the curtain to be torn. Why was it torn? To allow us to freely enter the holy places without any hindrance. And what is God’s ultimate purpose for this? To allow us to be closest to Him and be face to face with Him. This is the most holy place, the secret place of the Most High God.

Song of Solomon 2:14 says, “…let me see your face.” The veil was torn, and now we have no more obstacles to go before God. Then why does the Lord still ask to see our faces? It’s because our desire to come before Him is not strong enough! He is the One who encourages us to draw near to the throne of grace with confidence. (Heb. 4:16)

What does the blood of Jesus bring us? His blood allows us to have confidence to enter the holy places. (Hebrews 10:19) Without fear, we can draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (Hebrews 10:22) Simply put, when the Father has sworn and will not change His mind, He is telling the Lord, “I will grant You Your desire.” For us, the Lord became a man and took away our sins, so that He can embrace us and be the closest to us.

Therefore, it is written that God “has sworn and will not change his mind.” Now we see that without relent, the Father was determined to fulfill the Lord’s love dream. The Lord’s desire is to remove the barrier of sin and to gain you and me. We have been His love dream from eternity past. His love is very fervent. He redeemed us while we were still sinners. He became our priest and offered Himself as the most precious sacrifice. His blood speaks a much better word than the blood of Abel.

The Father’s determination was also shown. To be a priest, the Lord has to be a man. Therefore, it’s very precious for the Father to make the Lord our priest by an oath. It meant that the Lord would be a man forever, and He had to die for us. To me, among so many things in the entire universe, there were two things that were impossible; one of them is that He, who is God, is no longer God only, but He is God and Man forever. Why? It is because I am a man who sinned. He came not merely to solve the problem of my sin. He became a man so that He can be closer to me. Because I am a man, He also became a man to approach me. Although I have written many songs about the Lord becoming a man for me, again and again I am still deeply amazed. 

Series 21

Live Out the Life of the Firstborn: Be A Priest

Message Date: 2020-05-10

A priest is closest to God, and his duties are extremely honourable. Such honour cannot be obtained by oneself, but was given by God. The Father swore and did not change His mind, that the Lord was to be our high priest. Being a priest meant that the Lord must first become a man. He also offered Himself as a sin offering, aiming to bring us perfectly before God. Since we received the Lord, we’ve been given the blessing of the firstborn–to be a royal priest. In the Old Testament time, a king could not be a priest at the same time; so he could not offer any sacrifice. Many Bible passages mention priests, who would offer sacrifices, because God wanted man to be close to Him. When man sinned and strayed away from God, God had already prepared salvation for man. Before the law, there had been offerings of sacrifices. This illustrated that the Lord was to come to die for us, save us from the punishment of sins and reconcile us with God. The heads of the household such as Noah, Job, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, etc all built altars and offered sacrifices. Today, all believers have become royal priests. We who were once far from God are now closest to Him. We should live out the life of a priest: offer ourselves as living sacrifices to serve God. First and foremost, we should draw near to God and offer Him praises. In the Old Testament time, the priests should first eat of the sacrifices and the showbread; these illustrate that today we should enjoy the Lord Himself. As priests, we should also pass on knowledge, teaching others to know God, draw near to Him, experience Him and understand His will. Before the Lord comes back, may there be the most glorious groups of priests who deeply experience God. May these priests bring to the world the most precious–God Himself. Episode 1 The Father Made the Lord the High Priest Episode 2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn Episode 3 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (1) Episode 4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2) Episode 5 Live out the Life of a Priest
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21.1 The Father made the Lord the High Priest

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21.2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the Firstborn

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21.3 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (1)

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21.4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)

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21.5 Live Out the Life of a Priest