THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Theme : The Great Shepherd
Topic : The Priestly Purpose - Presenting the Blood
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Zacchaeus functioned in the offices of the “prophet”, “priest” and “king”. In the office of the “priest” he restored what he fraudulently took from the people. We operate as priests for the restoration of the things satan has stolen from us and others, including our salvation.
It is not recorded in Zacchaeus story that he shed any blood as a priest, it is not far-fetched to say that it is possible that he slaughtered an animal to fete Jesus Christ. The killing of a calf involves the shedding of blood. Zacchaeus also sacrificed his pride when he ran and climbed a tree to see Jesus Christ. He sacrificed money, and endured the murmurings and insults of people. His sacrifices brought restoration to those he defrauded.
It is the duty of priest to present the blood of atonement before the mercy seat of God. Jesus Christ the High Priest presented His own blood to the Father for our redemption and restoration before God. Our blood cannot save, but our "blood and sweat" - sacrifices - can help others encounter Jesus Christ through the Gospel. As priests, sacrificing laziness, sinful behaviour, pride, and engaging in prayer and evangelism, are ways we can seek restoration and salvation for others. We must be selfless.
1. Pray for a heart of compassion for the lost.
2. Pray for the discipline and grace to sacrifice anything that needs to be sacrificed to enable you send the Gospel to others.
“Zacchaeus – Encounter with Jesus Christ” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)