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Vicar's Message - COGSLK - Church of the Good Shepherd, Thimbirigasyaya, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Vicar's Message! - August 2021

FROM THE DESK OF VEN JAYANTH JEYAVEERASINGAN

My dear people of God,

We are still living in an uncertain world, there seems to be a shortage of food supplies, the prices of essential items have escalated, and the future seems very bleak. However, we know Jesus Christ the High Priest is with us even when everything in life is rocking around us, He will hold our boat of life with His righteous right hand.


You are a part of the Trinitarian God who will carry you through and you are a part of the Mission of Christ, which is Prophet, Priest and King.


We have much confidence in Him because He is our King, Priest and Prophet combining all three. He is our High Priest as in the book of Hebrews. As said in Genesis 14:18-20, Jesus Christ takes after Melchizadec the eternal priesthood of the world. Melchizadec was the King of Salem and was also a priest and in this passage as above, we see that he blesses Abraham and Abraham offers his tithes to him. There were two types of priesthood in the old testament, Jewish tradition :-

  1. (a) The Aaronic priesthood which came under the law
  2. (b) The priesthood of Melchizadec was eternal, echoing the kingly and priestly functions, ordained by God.

Hence, Jesus Christ, the son of God, as he became a priest under the oath of God, belongs to the everlasting priesthood. Hebrews 6:20 and Hebrews 7:13-17.

When we are baptized as Christians, the priest signs us with a cross on our forehead. This has two meanings. You are a part of the Trinitarian God who will carry you through and you are a part of the Mission of Christ, which is Prophet, Priest and King. It is also said in Hebrews 7:7 "and without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater". This means that Jesus Christ is the greatest because He blesses all of us. Hence, Jesus Christ is a Prophet, Priest and King and becomes the High Priest.

Jesus Christ is a Prophet because he preaches the word of God and performs miracles. Jesus Christ is a Priest because He intercedes on our behalf and He paid the sacrifice of his life for our sins. Very specially He sympathises with us in our weakness. Thirdly, Jesus Christ is a King because He sits at the right hand of God and reigns the Kingdom of God as a King.

In Hebrews 7:21 God the Father has made Jesus Christ the Eternal High Priest. Because Jesus Christ is the High Priest, we can draw to the throne of Grace directly and in confidence.

November is a month of remembrance in different levels. We take this opportunity to remember all our loved ones whom we love but see no more. In our prayers, we commend them into God’s gracious keeping and pray for them "Rest eternal grant unto them Good Lord, let light perpetual shine upon them, may they rest in peace and Rise in Glory"

Yours sincerely
Fr Jayanth


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