6th MESSIANIC SYMBOL for the Advent Season: Crown and Priest Headgear

December 6:  Zechariah 6:13

He will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two (NIV)

Zechariah the prophet lived about 500 years before Jesus was born. God asked Zechariah to give the Jewish people a message in the form of an object lesson (read Zechariah 6:9-15). God told Zechariah to get some silver and gold and make a crown, and put this crown on the head of Joshua, the high priest. Then Zechariah was to give the people the message we read in verses 12-13. God wanted the people to know that the Messiah would be both their priest and their king.

To the Jewish people, this was difficult to understand. God had said that only those from the tribe of Levi could be priests. He had also said that kings of Israel would come from the tribe of Judah. So it was not possible for one person to be both priest and king. But God wanted the people to know that when the Messiah came, He would be both priest and king.

We understand Jesus as our king because He rules our lives. But it is harder to understand how Jesus is our priest. An Old Testament priest stood between God and humans. He offered sacrifices to ask God’s forgiveness for sins. Ordinary people could not offer sacrifices to God themselves. If someone had broken one of God’s commands, they had to take an animal to the priest to offer to God. Their sin could not be forgiven until the priest killed the animal and offered the sacrifice.

When Jesus died He became our sacrifice for sin He also became our priest. Now anyone who believes in Him may come directly to God through Jesus. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we recognize that Jesus is our high priest who stands between us and God. The book of Hebrews (8:1-2) describes how Jesus acts as our high priest: “We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.”

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Thank God that Jesus is both our king—the ruler of our lives; and that He is our high priest—through His sacrifice our sins are forgiven.

Ask God to help us to live faithful lives in His kingdom; and to go to Him with the confession of our sins.

Almighty God, whose steadfast love is as great as the heavens are high above the earth, remove our sins from us, as far as the east is from the west, strengthen our life in his kingdom and keep us upright until the last day; through Jesus Christ our merciful high priest.

A Kenyan Revised Liturgy for Holy Communion

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