Jesus -wk 4: High priest and only mediator between you and God (why you don’t need to confess to a priest).
Consider these verses…
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
If you have personally put your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins he is your high priest! He’s felt your pain. And he is the only mediator, approved by God, to fill this role.
Remember when Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn in two (see Matthew 27:51 and Exodus 26:33)? That did not happen by chance. That was a physical picture God gave to us that reveals a spiritual truth. That Jesus Christ has now made it possible for us to have direct communication with God through him, Jesus! (You do not have to confess to a priest and no number of hail Mary’s, etc will cleanse you of your sins).
Only Jesus Christ lived a perfect human life (because he was God) and by living a human life subjected to what is common among us and never sinning he was the only acceptable sacrifice whose shed blood God would accept as payment for our sins. He is our only hope. If that’s not good enough for you there is one other way. You’ll get to pay for your sins yourself for all eternity in hell because sin cannot stand in God’s presence and you and I are stained with sin. (And you’re missing out on an abundant life by rejecting Christ! )
If you’ve never received Christ:
Mark it down, you do not have to clean up your life before you come to Christ.
You could never in a million years make yourself clean and straight enough to be worthy of God. This is the love of God, that he sent his only Son to die for us.
We have to receive what Christ did for us (Romans 10:9-10), he won’t force it on you. He’s given you a choice. What will you do?