Signs and Wonders: Jesus' Ministry and Its Message
II. Christ the Anointed Priest

I. Jewish Priesthood
Jewish priests are Israel's "worship leaders," teachers of the Law, and public health officials
Priests conserve Israel's holiness
Priests sacrifice, and are a sacrifice (Numbers 8:5-22) of both God and humanity
The sacrifice for sin is blood, where the life is (Ex. 12:12, 24:8)
Dilemma: What God orders nevertheless does not work! (Isa. 1:10-17, Heb. 10:3-4)

II. Jesus the Priest
At baptism: "You are my Son" (Ps. 2:7, Heb. 5:5)
His representative repentance is like the high priest's intercession
His priestly mission: offer the resources of reconciliation (Heb. 9:14, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)
Satan's vision of priesthood: put God to the test (Luke 4:9-12, Ps. 91, Deut. 6:16, Ex. 17:2-7)
Jesus' priestly ministry begins with his baptism (Luke 4:31-37, Mark 1:40-45, John 2:18-22?)
Priestly highlights include teaching, exorcism, healing, cleansing, forgiving sins (Matt. 8:1-4, Mark 2:5-11, Heb. 10:1-10)
Jesus takes the Temple with him, practicing "offensive holiness"
Priesthood climaxes at the cross (Heb. 9:14, 10:12-13, 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

III. Not a Priest?
Problem: Jesus is not a Levite (Matt. 1, Heb. 7:14)
Answer: Melchizedek (Heb. 7:3, Gen. 14:17-20)

IV. A Kingdom of Priests: Jesus the Priest, Continued
Jesus' work as priest continues (Heb. 7:23-25, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 9:24)
... through us (Isa. 61:6, in Rev. 1:5-6, Rev. 5:10, 1 Pet. 2:5, 9)
Our priesthood involves "the power of the keys" (Rev. 1:18, Matt. 16:18-19, John 20:23) (cf. the Seal of the Vatican)

V. The Culmination of Priesthood
Jesus is the temple of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:22, 27)