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Quotes by Knox Chamblin


In some respects, Jesus’ priesthood is vastly different for that of Aaron and his successors.  He does not merely assist sinful human beings in securing forgiveness from God; He Himself forgives sins (Mt. 9:1-8).  The Jewish high priest had to “offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people;” Jesus, the sinless One, addressed the sins of others exclusively (Heb. 5:3; 7:26-28; 4:14-16).  Moreover, He saves His people from their sins, not by slaying goats, calves and lambs, but by sacrificing Himself and pouring out His own blood (Mt. 1:21; 20:28; 26:26-28).


So secure is (King) Jesus in who He is – the Father’s beloved Son – that He is free to serve rather than tyrannize His subjects, and to deal gently rather than harshly with the lowest and the weakest of them (Mt. 12:20; 11:25-30). Astonishingly, it is by the very means of His lowly service that all earthly tyrants will be subdued, and all nations made His possession (Zech. 9:9-10).


The Spirit does not take His pupils beyond the cross, but ever more deeply into it.