Wednesday, May 21, 2014

day no. 12,994: God the Priest and God the Sacrifice‏

John 19:28-30
28After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now accomplished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, He said, “I’m thirsty!”
29A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it up to His mouth.
30When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
We see Jesus choosing His death, choosing to die, finishing everything and bringing everything to a close by His own discretion.
And even that, in order to fulfill the prophecy of His legs not being broken like the other criminals, who were at the mercy of the crucifixion.
They were suffering on the crosses without control of their circumstances. In fact, in another Gospel account, the one, even says something to the effect of,
“If you’re God, get us off these things and let’s go!”
Jesus’s response is,
“I am God dying for the godless. I am the King killed for His subjects. I am the Priest offering Himself as the sacrifice for His parishioners.”
And having done everything well always in every circumstance, He laid down that perfectly prepared sacrifice on the altar and offered it as a ransom for many.
God the Priest.
God the Sacrifice.

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