Why the Priesthood of Christ Matters

What does the high priesthood of Christ do for me?

Well, I’ll never forget reading the last chapter of Christology Ancient and Modern by Alan Torrance on "Reclaiming the Continuing Priesthood of Christ" and encountered these powerful words:

In January 2008, my wife, Jane, died of cancer. She was the most wonderful Christian woman, wife, and mother. Watching her die in pain as the cancer spread through out her body was hard, and seeing our children witness her gradual disintegration not only physically but mentally as the cancer spread through her brain was extremely hard. There were times when, in my grief, I really struggled to find the wherewithal to pray and, indeed, to know how to pray and what to pray for. In sum, I did not know how to pray as I ought. In the depth of that valley the continuing priesthood of Christ became more relevant than I can begin to articulate - the fact that as I held Jane in my arms, the risen, ascended Priest of our confession was present by the Spirit interceding on our behalf meant that we could repose in his presence and know that communion that is the beginning and telos of everything.

Christ’s priestly intercession is the proof, constant proof, that God is truly for us!

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