Jesus; Our High Priest
A Sermon on Acts 7:37-38
This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. (ESV)
Must a person be perfect to truly serve God? With Acts 7:37-38, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us the incredible life of Moses who was greatly used by God. Although, as Scripture records, his internal battle with sin was also prevalent. It was this hero of the faith, Moses, who God used to bring his people out of Egypt and deliver the Law to the people of Israel. Nevertheless, Moses was still a man whose sin kept him from entering the promised land. But, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes, Moses prefigured the Great Mediator who would never die and who knew no sin. This mediator was Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. In Jesus we see not only the fulfillment of Moses and his role are mediator and leader, but Jesus fulfills the whole Law. He is the great high priest, King, and prophet. He is the perfect sacrifice that truly and finally removes the sins of his people. But many of the Jewish leaders in the time of the apostles did not understand this. We see this in the trial and martyr of Stephen, who proclaimed the message of Jesus as the greater and better Moses. What the world needs to see is the hope we have in Christ who redeems our life for His purposes.