Church leaders may be wise, knowledgeable Christian men, but they’re nonetheless sinful (Romans 3:23). Besides, a true man of God will direct everyone to the perfect Lord.
God established Jesus as our source of truth (John 1:17) because he’s the sinless (2 Corinthians 5:21) founder (Matthew 16:18) and head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22-23). As a result, Jesus is our leader in all things spiritual (Luke 4:8).
Under the Law of Moses, the high priest, a shadow of the coming Christ, served as the spiritual guide for Israel. Yet, Jesus far exceeds even the most diligent high priest.
First, Jesus is our Omnipotent Savior. The High Priest of Israel was “appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins” (Hebrews 5:1, NKJV).
Jesus was fully God and man, so his complete understanding of both sides uniquely qualified him as the perfect mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 5:5-11)
In fact, only Christ could serve as high priest and sacrifice simultaneously (Hebrews 9:11-15; 9:23-28).
Second, Jesus is our Sympathetic Savior. Not only does Christ have the knowledge of God as the Lord but the personal insight of the human who lived among us. We have an advocate who is supremely qualified as our intermediary (John 15:16).
Jesus left the perfection of heaven to become the suffering servant (Isaiah 53). He had to endure the arduous temptations of life and the cruelties of crucifixion so he could be installed as the head of the Church (Hebrews 2:14-18).
He sympathizes with our struggles and is able to see ahead of us and know the absolute best path for us to take. We can trust in him completely.
Third, Jesus is our Benevolent Savior. He bestows extraordinary blessings on us (Malachi 3:10). Therefore, we should “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Hebrews 4:16) with complete confidence (Ephesians 3:10-12).
Because the blood of Christ is on us, we can come to God consecrated (Hebrews 10:19-22). The world doesn’t understand so let’s keep living in holiness and teaching those who will listen because Christ is always good all the time.
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