Immanuel – God With Us
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And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:13-14 NKJV

What a wonderful message from heaven to fallen man! The angels did not come and say, “God is over in Bethlehem, and you better get over there, and see if you can get things straightened out between you!” No! God is at peace with man if man will just,

“…take hold of [...]

Friday: Further Study: Christ, Our High Priest
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Further Study: “The Atonement, Part II—High-Priestly Application of Atoning Sacrifice,” pp. 680–692, in Appendix C of The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7A.

“Step away from Satan’s voice and from acting his will, and stand by the side of Jesus, possessing his attributes, the possessor of keen and tender sensibilities, who can make the cause of afflicted, suffering ones his own. The man who has had much forgiven will love much. Jesus is a compassionate intercessor, a merciful and faithful high priest. [...]

08: Christ, Our Priest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Priest November 20, 2013]

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1. We have a high priest. Would our church be accepted by more people if we had priests over us? Why or why not? Why was Christ inaugurated as the high priest after, not before, His crucifixion? Since Christ is God, how can you and I, being the mere mortals that we are, understand how Christ stands at the right hand of God? How does Jesus’ ministry as [...]

Thursday: The One Sacrifice
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As we have seen, a crucial purpose of the earthly sanctuary service was to reveal—in symbols, in types, in mini-prophecies—the death and high priestly ministry of Jesus. Sin is something too terrible to be solved merely by the death of animals (as sad and unfortunate as those deaths are). Instead, all of that spilled blood was to point to the only solution for sin, and that was the death of Jesus Himself. That it took His death, the death of [...]

Hope Sabbath School – “Christ, Our Priest”
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You can now access the current lesson of Pastor Derek Morris’s Sabbath School Class on the HopeTV. It is “an in-depth, inter-active study of the Word of God.” If you don’t have satellite TV, you can download the video (MP4) or audio (MP4) files and the lesson outlines (PDF) to your computer from the site.

The Youtube video of the Hope Sabbath School “Christ, Our Priest” lesson is now available, and it works very well on mobile devices. It is a [...]

Wednesday: The Great High Priest
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What do the following texts reveal about Christ’s ministry as High Priest? Heb. 2:17-8; 3:6; 4:14-15; 7:24–28; 8:1–3.

Jesus is the “great High Priest” (Heb. 4:14, NKJV). He is superior to all high priests and rulers of earth. The Bible assigns a number of qualities to Jesus as great High Priest:

Merciful and faithful. The two characteristics of merciful and faithful (Heb. 2:17) fit Christ’s role as mediator, for He bestows His gifts on us (“merciful”) and is loyal to His Father [...]

Martin Pröbstle’s Introduction to “Christ Our Priest”
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Martin Pröbstle’s introduction to Lesson 8, is now available through the SanctuaryLesson.org domain on Vimeo. Thanks to the work of a small team of volunteers at Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen (link to video tour), a Seventh-day Adventist seminary in Austria, we can invite Dr Pröbstle himself into our homes or our Sabbath School classes to introduce the lesson. Direct link to “Christ, Our Priest.” (It runs just under 8 minutes and would work as an introduction in a Sabbath School class.)

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08: Christ, Our Priest – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Our safety is not only in accepting Christ’s sacrifice for us in the past, but also in His daily intercession for us in the present. Our future is secure if it lies in God’s hands.

[Teaching Plan for Christ, Our Priest November 18, 1013]

1. Have a volunteer read Romans 8:31-34

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean that Christ makes intercession [...]

Tuesday: Mediator
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“Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1 Tim. 2:4–6, NKJV). How do these verses help us to understand just what Christ is doing for us in heaven?

Christ is called the one Mediator between God and man. There is no one else [...]

Monday: Advocate and Intercessor
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Read Romans 8:31–34. What great hope and promise is offered us here?

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The background of verses 31-24 is a courtroom scene in which we should visualize ourselves on trial. Questions are asked: Who is against us? Who will bring a charge against us? Who condemns us? Such a situation could easily send shivers down our spines. After all, are we not well aware of our human imperfection and sinfulness?

However, we do not need to fear. [...]