How Jesus is Our Praying Priest

How Jesus is Our Praying Priest

by Violet Nesdoly

Christ as Mediator - artist unknown

“Christ As Mediator: Christ showing His wounds to His Father”
Artist unknown; Illustrator of ‘Speculum humanae salvationis’,
Germany (?), c. 1400-1500

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25, NIV).

Theologian Wayne Grudem writes about how Jesus is pictured in Hebrews in relation to the Old Testament covenant:

In the Old Testament, the priests were appointed by God to offer sacrifices. They also offered prayers and praise to God on behalf of the people.

In so doing they ‘sanctified’ the people or made them acceptable to come into God’s presence, albeit in a limited way during the Old Testament period.

In the New Testament Jesus becomes our great high priest …. Jesus functions as priest in two ways:

1. Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 7:279:1224-2810:1-2 and more).

2. Jesus continually brings us near to God (Hebrews 6:19-20 and more)” – Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology p. 626, 627 (of course Grudem expands on these points).

And Jesus does one more thing as our high priest. “He always lives to make intercession ...” (Hebrews 7:25).  In other words, He continually prays for us. 

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Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

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