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A priest like Jesus
by Michael Hume
02/06/11
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Jesus was a most excellent priest. He knew God well and opened a new way of accessing God. He began a way where each of us, his followers could also have direct access to God. By his cross sacrifice.

In my first year of faith, God flagged up the verse in Hebrews 7.17 "you are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek." So I thought He wanted me to be an Anglican priest. I put out some feelers and finally understood that my conventional thinking was getting in the way of what God really meant. Just function as a priest, normally and naturally. A man or woman of faith is a priest. He would teach me like He taught Jesus and I could always have God directly guiding me.

Jesus went straight to God in prayer and with his problems. So can I. He had no mediator between him and God. Nor do I. But I often remind myself that it is because of Jesus and his cross sacrifice that I have this. Now, over twenty years later, I can say God has always been with me each day. I have learned much from him especially from the Bible and owe him everything. I have not reached my limit as God has more work to do in my life.

God calls each person into slightly different gifts and functions, so we are all unique. That's the beauty of God and each of us. One moment we can be listening, counselling and praying for someone. Another moment helping a family member as a pastor, writing, or interceding.

Another thing intrigued me. Hebrews 7.3 says "without father or mother, without genealogy, having neither beginnng of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever." Jesus had an earthly start and end but he has a spiritual side that didn't. I too had an earthly start and likely to have an end, but a spirit part of me has no start and will never end. So I function like a priest for God on earth, but priest can also be translated as daughter or son of God. We are just a natural extension of our Heavenly Father and when we walk with Him, He does his works through us.

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