Monday, May 30, 2011

Jesus as priest in the gospels?

Someone asked me last night whether Jesus referred to himself in priestly terms. I'm pretty sure the answer to this is no, but I'm wondering if the gospels protray that aspect of Christ's work in any particular passage. Nothing has come to my mind yet. Thoughts?

4 comments:

Mike W said...

The raising of hands and blessing at the end of luke is sometimes seen as a priestly act. I think it is pretty significant that this happens in connection to ascension and after the splitting of the veil in the temple.

gbroughto said...

Ummmm... the atonement for sins??? (just a wild stab)... sure, Jesus' significantly re-vised OT role to embody both priest-and-sacrifice, but does his role as "mediator" get a deeper sense through any other OT metaphor?

lhynard said...

John 17 is called the "High Priestly Prayer," but this is of course just a tradition. But I think it's because He says lines such as, "I lay my life down."

Suburbanbanshee said...

Washing feet. Priests had to have their feet washed before they did all the sacrifice stuff.