Tuesday, July 13, 2010

daily text 7/13

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
"The last Adam became a life-giving spirit" (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Jesus was a perfect man. As such, Jesus was the only human to be in a position to offer up a perfect, complete sacrifice—the type of sacrifice without any need to be repeated. Under the Mosaic Law, sacrifices were offered on a daily basis. All such sacrifices and priestly services were a mere shadow, though, of what Jesus was to accomplish. (Hebrews 8:5; 10:1) So in its effectiveness and permanence, Jesus' office as High Priest is unique. We need the services of Jesus as High Priest to help us have a right standing with God. And what a wonderful High Priest we have! "We have a high priest, not one who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses," wrote Paul, "but one who has been tested in all respects like ourselves, but without sin." (Hebrews 4:15) Truly, appreciation of this fact should move us to 'live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died for us.'—2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; Luke 9:23.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 3:16, 17)

If you think about Jesus' earthly existence, you can see that he really did have first-hand knowledge and experience of what daily life was like for the common people, and therefore, is in a perfect position to be a high priest who can sympathize and understand humans in a very personal and unique way, because he witnessed and experienced all of the same hardships and disappointments as his fellowman.

*Jesus was raised in a common, working-class family*
*did not have material prosperity or social advantages*
*had a humble occupation lacking prominence & prestige*
*did not have a desirable "resume" among his peers*
*did not have "higher education" degrees or credentials*
*unable to get married or have children*
*did not have a permanent residence or home*
*worked very hard, but did not have wealth*
*was constantly traveling on account of his career*
*lack of support for his "profession" by family & relatives*
*mocked and scorned by his neighbors & countrymen*
*constantly criticized and slandered by jealous opposers*
*falsely accused by respected religious & political leaders*
*disappointed and betrayed by close friends*
*monitored & kept under surveillance by the authorities*
*suffered gross injustice & abuse by the legal system*
*condemned to death as a criminal, though innocent*