Priest

Who Rose From the Dead?

March 27, 2016
Randy Christian
The resurrection of Jesus is universally recognized as the point of Easter. We don’t need to debate the resurrection—it is by far the most reasonable explanation of the facts we have. But it is important for us to focus on who it was who rose from the dead. It was Jesus, of course. But who was Jesus—and who is he to us? Jesus is God who became flesh. Jesus is the King of the Universe. Jesus is the sacrifice. Jesus is the brother who opens his family to our adoption. Jesus was and is all these things and more. But which one we focus on—which one we personally turn to—is determined by which of these we most need to turn to. The focus of Easter is determined by how we see Jesus. It is essential that our view of him must be Biblically accurate. But we turn to the “Jesus” we most need at the moment, and that isn’t a bad thing. It is perhaps the reason Jesus allowed us such a broad understanding of him. This Easter will focus on our need to actually turn to Jesus and respond to him. Who are we turning to, and why? Jesus the King died for us. But Jesus the priest, the big brother, the one who opens the family of God to us, rose from the dead.

A Greater High Priest

February 21, 2016
Doug Lake
Most people today have a very different idea of “priest” than those who received this letter in the first century. But both need to know the truth that Jesus is not only better than any priest available to the Jews—or to us—but because of Jesus, he is the only priest we need.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: Love Who?

May 20, 2012Randy Christian

Jesus talked a lot about love. Maybe the most surprising thing he had to say was who we are supposed to love—and who might love us. In one of the most famous of His stories, we explore his command to love. But we look for the answer to, “Love Who?”

I AM NOCC: I Am Priest

October 9, 2011Randy Christian

The word “priest” conjures very specific pictures, even memories for many. But what does the Bible actually say about priests, and their role for Christians? What does “the priesthood of all believers” mean, and do we really believe in it?