Daily Reformation, Psalm 22:23-31

From the Reformer

“But Christ having come a high priest of the good things to come.” The adornment of Aaron and his descendants, the high priests, was of a material nature, and they obtained for the people a merely formal remission of sins, performing their office in a perishable temple, or tabernacle. It was evident to men that their absolution and sanctification before the congregation was a temporal blessing confined to the present. But when Christ came upon the cross no one beheld him as he went before God in the Holy Spirit, adorned with every grace and virtue, a true High Priest. The blessings wrought by him are not temporal—a merely formal pardon—but the “blessings to come”; namely, blessings which are spiritual and eternal. Paul speaks of them as blessings to come, not that we are to await the life to come before we can have forgiveness and all the blessings of divine grace, but because now we possess them only in faith. They are as yet hidden, to be revealed in the future life. Again, the blessings we have in Christ were, from the standpoint of the Old Testament priesthood, blessings to come.

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “Christ Our Great High Priest”

Pulling It Together

“I can’t wait!” You have said that so many times in your life. You have thought it far more. One finds it difficult, especially as a child, to wait for good things. Holidays, vacation, going back to school, and reunion with relatives are just a few examples. Yet there is a day we should await far more. A glad reunion awaits us but it can be lived today. As William Temple said, “If we are traveling heavenward, we are already in heaven.” Hope to live today as though what the Lord has done for you has already been accomplished. For it has already been accomplished. His death and resurrection so long ago is the foundation of the eternal future.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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