Christ Our High Priest

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 110:4 Psalm 110 became the New Testament writers’ favorite chapter of the Bible because it speaks of two things: Christ’s exalted place at God’s right hand, and his eternal high priesthood, in the mysterious “order of Melchizedek.” The Bible really is a strange book in many ways. For those who are familiar with it some of the strangeness may have worn off or not be readily apparent, but all you have to do is look more closely …

Christ the Lord

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 110:1 In what surely must be a record, the first verse of Psalm 110 is quoted or referred to 17 times in the New Testament. What is it that made this verse the apostles’ favorite text? Do you have a favorite Bible verse? It appears that the New Testament apostles did. Their Bible, of course, was limited to the Hebrew scriptures of the Old Testament, while ours includes the 27 books written by the apostles or their …

Christ the Victor

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 16:7-11 Someone has said that evil and death can never win in the end, because they lost at the only time they could have really won – at the cross. But life and righteousness won when Christ “arose as victor from the dark domain.” On a Jewish religious holiday called Pentecost, in about the year 30 a.d., 120 or so of Jesus’ followers were gathered together in the city of Jerusalem. They were waiting for something to …

Christ the Savior

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 22 Psalm 22 is the most haunting of all the references to Christ in the whole Old Testament, for its haunting opening words were the ones he spoke as he – the Savior of the world – died on the cross. St. Athanasius, the great 4th-century champion of the Christian faith, was a big fan of the book of Psalms. He loved them for the way they expressed every mood or experience a believer goes through. Writing …

Christ Our Sacrifice

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 40:6-10 The writer to the Hebrews was especially interested in the Old Testament ordinances regulating the priesthood. He saw in the 40th Psalm an important clue to the priestly work that Jesus would come to accomplish. Several years ago while traveling in India I witnessed a very interesting event. I happened to visit a Hindu temple just as a priest was offering a sacrifice on behalf of a family of worshipers. I stood a little ways off …

Christ the Son

Rev. David Bast

READ : Psalm 2 From the very beginning Christians have confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the “Christ,” the Son of God. But did you know that the Bible first speaks of the Messiah as God’s Son not in the gospels or epistles, but early in the book of Psalms — Psalm 2, to be precise. A rash of recently published best-sellers have a rather unusual theme in common. They all represent angry, even vicious, attacks on belief in God. …