Jesus, the Great High Priest

1802 -1869Thus “he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7).

The whole of his obedient and suffering life was a voluntary offering up of himself to do and suffer the will of God; but it is in its last acts, as offering himself in sacrifice, that we see it especially manifested. In this spirit, as we have already pointed out, he comes up to Jerusalem, for there must he die, as he himself said, “Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.” (Luke 13:33).

In this spirit, he entered Jerusalem, in meek yet holy triumph, sitting on an donkey’s colt. (John 12:15). In this spirit, he sat down with his disciples at the paschal supper, when he said unto them, “With desire have I desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.” (Luke 22:15).

And in the same spirit, he freely, voluntarily laid down his life as the last act of his willing, suffering obedience, according to his own words, “Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment, (that is, this enjoined part of my priestly office-for he is here speaking not of his essential, but of his mediatorial life) have I received of my Father.” (John 10:17-18).

J. C. Philpot (1802 -1869)

About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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