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Slides shared and credited to Mgsr Eugene Vaz

Anointing of Chrism at Baptism, we are joined to Christ and share in his threefold mission as priest, prophet and king.

Jesus Christ as Priest
What is Priest
1) Mediator or bridge between God and human begins

2) Offers sacrifice to God on behalf of all
By the action of offering, the one who is offering becomes united with God.
Jesus' offering of self is the perfect model of sacrifice to immitate.

Aspects of the Ministry of Jesus Christ as high priest
  • He made atonement for sin (Heb 2:17 / Heb 8:3 / Heb 9:11-12)

  • He represent human beings before God (Heb 5:1 / 1 Jn 2:1-2)

  • He entered the Most Holy Place, Heaven (Heb 9:24 / Heb 4:14)

  • He makes believers perfect (Heb 10:14 / Heb 10:10)

  • He brings believers close to God (Heb 10:19-22)

  • He helps those being tempted (Heb 2:18)

  • He intercedes continually (heb 7:24-25)

  • Aspects of Jesus Christ as human high priest
  • As a man he is able to represent human beings (Heb 2:17)

  • He is divinely appointed (Heb 5:5-6) 'Thou art my Son today I have begotten thee'; as he says also in another place

  • 'Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek'.

  • Aspects of Jesus Christ as the divine high priest
  • He is sinless (Heb 7:26-27)

  • Jesus Christ is strongly contrasted because he did not have to offer up his sins.

  • Immitation to be 'holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.'

  • He is eternal (Heb 6:20)

  • His atoning work was completed once for all (Heb 7:7)

  • He is exalted (Heb 8:1) - Easter, the glory of the risen Lord.

  • Jesus Christ's high priest was of the order of Melchizedek
    Heb 6:20
    The priesthood of Melchizedek resembles that of Jesus Christ because he too was a king and had neither beginning not end. See also Ps 110:4

    Responses to Jesus Christ's high priesthood
    Applications to our life
  • A call to keep the faith (Heb 4:14-15)

  • An invitation to seek God's help in times of need (Heb 4:16)

  • Appreciation to accept God's help.

  • An invitation to draw near to God (Heb 10:19-22)

  • Element of our prayer life in ourselves, our family and small Christian Community

  • A call to run the race of faith (Heb 12:1-3)

  • A call to offer thanksgiving and worship (Heb 12:28-29)

  • Sharing in Jesus' Priestly Ministry
    Empowered to share, each in accordance with our own sacramental ability, in his ministry.

    Category: Faith
    Category: Wisdom
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    Quote from Rev Mgr Eugene Vaz
    Gospel of Matthew Graduate

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