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A Better Priest

Hebrews 7:23-28

Sunday Blessing

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him! Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity...


– Psalm 68:4-6 


How Majestic

Mothers, come adore His name

Sisters, raise your hands in praise


Lift your heads

Taste and see all He's done

Heaven to earth has come


Fathers, shout the victor's cry

Brothers, feast upon His life


Joy has dawned

Death has been overthrown

Mercy is on its throne


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


Sinners, come behold your King

Sufferers, rise with hope and sing


Not all is well

But mercies are new this day

Our burdens all met with grace


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


All helpless, all secure

All hopeful and all broken


All thankless and all poor

All peaceful and all violent


All fearless, all afraid

All angry, all rejoicing


All doubting, all assured

All joyful and all mourning


Come gaze upon His glory

Come receive His love and mercy

His grace declares His glory

You are loved forever wholly


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is

Your name in all the earth


How Deep the Father's Love

How deep the Father's love for us

How vast beyond all measure


That He would give His only Son

To make a wretch His treasure


How great the pain of searing loss

The Father turns His face away


As wounds which mar

The Chosen One

Bring many sons to glory


Behold the Man upon a cross

My sin upon His shoulders


Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers


It was my sin that held Him there

Until it was accomplished


His dying breath

Has brought me life

I know that it is finished


IT IS FINISHED!

IT IS FINISHED!


I will not boast in anything

No gifts, no powers, no wisdom


But I will boast in Jesus Christ

His death and resurrection


Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer


But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom


Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer


But this I know with all my heart

His wounds have paid my ransom


A Better Priest

Hebrews 7:23-28

Hebrews 7:23-28

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.


For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.


THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD:

THANKS BE TO GOD!

Permanence of the Priest

Now, there was about this time, Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call Him a man, for He was a doer of wonderful works – a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to Him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ; after Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned Him to the cross, those that loved at the first did not forsake Him, for He appeared to them alive again the third day as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning Him… 

– Flavius Josephus 


Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having fa righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 

– Philippians 3:8-11


But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous… 

– 1 John 2:1


And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb... The moment we become Christian the devil is particularly concerned to get us down, and he has no more successful way of doing that than to make us miserable… it is because we belong to God that the devil will do his utmost to disturb and upset us. He cannot rob us of our salvation, thank God, but while he cannot rob us of our salvation he can make us miserable. He can, if we are foolish enough to listen to him, seriously limit our enjoyment of our salvation. 

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones 


The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

– John 10:10


Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God… 

– Romans 8:26-27


Personhood of the Priest

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 

– John 15:13


For you are a people holy to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth…

– Deuteronomy 14:2


He rescued me, because He delighted in me. 

– Psalm 18:19


As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

– John 15:9


When I draw life and meaning from any source other than my belovedness, I am spiritually dead… 

– Brennan Manning


The earliest traceable form of the Semitic root of the word holy, reaching to a Canaanite source, carried the meaning to divide. Anything that was holy was divided or separated from all other things. This meaning pointed to the difference between the ordinary and the extraordinary, the common and uncommon, the average and the great. 

In religious terms, the word holy divides God from all other things to put Him in a category that is sui generis (in a class by Himself). The Holy One is the One who possesses the supreme perfection of being. He transcends or is divided from all things creaturely. He is the most majestic, most exalted, most awe-provoking being. 

– R.C. Sproul


What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are – the Holy One of God. 

– Mark 1:24


Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, I find no guilt in this man. 

– Luke 23:4


He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 

– 1 Peter 2:22


He made Him who knew no sin… 

– 2 Corinthians 5:21


Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name… 

– Philippians 2:9


There is an Almighty and Divine One in heaven who ever lives for our highest benefit. Let us adore Him most lovingly… 

– Charles Spurgeon


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He Will Hold Me Fast

When I fear my faith will fail 

Christ will hold me fast

When the tempter would prevail

He will hold me fast


I could never keep my hold

Through life’s fearful path

For my love is often cold

He must hold me fast


He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so

He will hold me fast


Those He saves are His delight

Christ will hold me fast

Precious in His holy sight

He will hold me fast


He’ll not let my soul be lost

His promises shall last

Bought by Him at such a cost

He will hold me fast


He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so

He will hold me fast


For my life He bled and died

Christ will hold me fast

Justice has been satisfied

He will hold me fast


Raised with Him to endless life

He will hold me fast

‘Till our faith is turned to sight

When He comes at last!


He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so

He will hold me fast


He will hold me fast

He will hold me fast

For my Savior loves me so

He will hold me fast


Doxology

Praise God from whom

All blessings flow

Praise Him all creatures

Here below


Praise Him above

Ye heavenly hosts

Praise Father, Son

And Holy Ghost


Let earth and heavenly

Saints proclaim

The power and might

Of His great name


Let us exalt on bended knee

Praise God the Holy Trinity


Amen! Amen!

Amen! Amen!


Praise to the King

His throne transcends 

His Crown and Kingdom never end


Now and throughout eternity 

I'll praise the One who died for me!

I'll praise the One who died for me!

I'll praise the One who died for me!


Amen! Amen!

Amen! Amen!


Sending Blessing

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ...


– Romans 8:15-17