The verses above are another example that no one can match or supercede Christ. Let us look specifically at verse 17 where we will discover three reasons, among many, as why Jesus Christ is the all sufficient Lord for everyone no matter where you have been born or what religion you have been raised in.
I. Jesus The Pure 17a
“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,…”
Christ was afire with the agape love of the Father Who desired to provide our redemption from sin and the curse thereof. Romans 5:8 records, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Christ always existed. Philippians 2:5-11 explains the the term “made.” It bears repeating: When we see the life of Christ on earth we are viewing our salvation under construction. For our salvation Christ willingly chose not to operate from His deity but as the “last man,” or, as the Christmas hymn terms it, “second Adam from above.” Just like we must do (Romans 8:14), He went by the direction of the Holy Spirit.
As such, Christ was thorough in all submissive obedience to the Father in all His actions. Additionally, His attitude in all of this pleased the Father. So we are complete in these ways before God if Christ truly dwells within us.
His dwelling within any of us was made possible because He willingly identified Himself with us and experienced every type of temptation.
II. Jesus The Loving 17b
“…that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God,…”
First, when I speak of love in relation to God it is always with the following truth: God’s love is a holy love. It is without sin and conforms to the demands of His holiness. God presents two types of love to mankind, viz., agape love which stems from His will even though the object of that love, each of us, is unworthy. The other is phileo, which is discussed along with agape in my article, The Double Love Of God.
Considering the love of God which is holy, when the Holy Scriptures refer to Christ as merciful and is understanding, it does not mean He tolerates sin. He Who said “Neither do I condemn thee” also said “go and sin no more” (John 8:11).
Unlike many priests and ministers today, Christ was faithful in His ministry for the Father and to mankind. He faithfully obeyed the written Word and that spoken to Him by the Holy Spirit.
III. Jesus The Effectual 17c
“…to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
Christ and only Christ paid the price required for the removal of our sin, guilt, and shame. No other “religious” figure offers this nor is there any religion so effective. His redemptive work made it possible for God and sinful man to come together in fellowship. Such restoration is available to all, no matter how bad you think you are.
Because He has made reconciliation for us, through Christ we can win victories over temptation, disappointments, and whatever else earthly life can throw at us. If we remain in Him He will bring us to final victory.
God willing by May 10, 2013 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M249 .
Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHWH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.
Not responsible for lead picture after date of publication. Not responsible for any advertisements appearing with this article nor am I necessarily in agreement with any of them. The statements of this paragraph hold true not only for this article, but for everything I have placed on the Internet.