Our Great High Priest

In the corporate world today, it is possible to have a 3-D scale model printed of just about any architectural or engineering design prior to actual construction or manufacturing. The 3-D scale model, made of layers of glue and powder, enables the client to visually understand what the end product will look like and how it will function. Wouldn’t it be great if God gave His followers something similar to help them understand the practical aspects of His plan of salvation? The good news is that precisely such a model was given in the Old Testament - the earthly sanctuary, ceremonial laws and a human priesthood. Embedded within these practical enactments and religious practices were beautiful illustrations that can still be used as aids to faith in a New Testament era. Indeed, Jesus is our great High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary today. What a privilege it is to follow Him there by faith.

Our Listening Confidant

Have you ever wished for someone with a good listening ear - someone who you could trust with any feeling or information with absolute confidence that your secrets would not be broadcast abroad? We all need this kind of intimacy and freedom to be vulnerable. The good news is that you have a Father in heaven who wants to be your Confidant. Once you discover the joy and the empowerment that comes through a meaningful prayer experience, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. But how should one pray? What does meaningful prayer look like? Jesus’ disciples asked Him very similar questions. This episode in the Portraits of Jesus series explores the prayer life of Jesus Himself as a case study in meaningful and effective prayer.