Daily Lectionary: Exodus 39:32-40:16; Luke 8:22-39
“You shall put the holy garments on Aaron, and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister to Me as priest.” (Exodus 40:13).
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. What kind of job do you have? Perhaps it’s just the chores around the house. Maybe you work fast food or at a grocery store. Perhaps you help your mom at the office or do some babysitting or lawn care. You have another job in addition to those. You are a priest! No, you’re not a pastor or a priest in a church. You’re a holy priest of a whole nation of priests, the Christian church.
But didn’t Jesus already offer a sacrifice? He did. And that sacrifice is the one that makes you holy because by His death your sins are forgiven. What sort of priest are you exactly? St. Peter says you are a royal priest whose job it is to “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into light” (1 Peter 2:9).
In the Old Testament, the job of the priests was to intercede, that is, come between the Lord and His people, to pray for them, offer sacrifices for them and teach God’s Word to them. Jesus came as the Great High Priest who offered Himself as the sacrifice for sins. In His church, through His pastors, He baptizes, absolves and gives His Body and Blood for forgiveness, life and salvation.
But out there in the world, you are a priest. You have been clothed in the holy garments of Christ’s righteousness and now you represent Christ to the world, in your loving works of service to those whom the Lord has put in your life. To your family, friends, classmates and coworkers, by your life and words that give witness to Jesus, you are a holy priest. And, you carry out your duty of “representing” the Lord to those people, that is, praying for them and asking the Lord’s blessing and help for them.
To live as a priest in Christ’s kingdom means being one who has been made holy by His suffering and death and whose life is a living testimony to what Christ has done for you. So Christ lives in you and the same light that called you out of darkness shines through you for the benefit of others. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Called by worship to Your service, Forth in Your dear name we go, To the child, the youth, the aged, Love in living deeds to show; Hope and health, goodwill and comfort, Counsel, aid, and peace we give, That Your servants, Lord in freedom May Your mercy know and live. (Lord, Whose Love through Humble Service, LSB 848:4)