|Readers Question / Comment - Thoughts on the resurrection and Jesus as our High Priest|
first things first... I'm glad you have noticed that you have picked up a very worrying habit of writing like me. Fight it Quello... Resist it! I feel for you... It will do you no good! : )
Right, now onto serious matters! Thanks for writing in again. And that's a great point you have raised which I hadn't thought about. But it makes sense. I remembered how the people waiting patiently when Zacharias went in to perform his priestly duties in Luke 1:21. They were all waiting to see what happened to him and it was the same, but more so, when the High Priest went in on the Day of Atonement. Seeing the High Priest emerge would have given the people great heart. Actually the verse that came to mind was:
Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, (31) because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
Jesus being raised was the proof, the assurance, the Jesus is the One ordained by the Father.
But anyway, thank you for putting the two thoughts together cos I hadn't thought about it. It is amazing when you see how the New fulfills the Old (and the Old pictures the New).
Here is one for you... I didn't think of this one either but a person at my church was talking about Jesus' trial and standing before the High Priest, and especially how the High Priest tore his clothes. I hadn't given that any thought... but do you see any significance in it. Why tear his robes/clothes? We actually discussed it in our church at the end of the sermon and the reason being is as follows (and this goes back to Leviticus as well - which is why I mentioned it)... I've recently written a little on it:
Read Matt 26:57-67 for a dramatic courtroom prosecution Jewish style. Jesus quotes a combination of Psalm 110:1 and Dan 7:13 concerning Himself before the High Priest… And for speaking the truth, they announce the death sentence! There is also a very interesting picture in this act from the High Priest. In recoil and disgust at what Jesus said (which was the truth) we read that the High Priest ‘tore his robes’. You might think, ‘ok, he tore his robes... so what?’ You need to remember that this was the High Priest whose robes were specifically designed and instructed from God Himself. Each part of the robe spoke of Him who was coming who would be the true High Priest – Jesus Christ. That is why God gave the instruction in His word that the High Priest could NOT tear his robes (Lev 21:10). There is something very symbolic happening here. The High Priest (probably without knowing it) was invalidating himself from being High Priest. He was disqualifying himself from the role of High Priest by breaking God's law. And why? Because there could only be one High Priest from God’s perspective and that was Jesus! - the One who stood condemned before this false trial was the One who would now take over as the true High Priest!
All the best and hope you and your family have a great day in Mexico!