THE LORD IS OUR KING AND PRIEST
The Lord is our King as described in the book of Daniel.
“I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed."
Our Lord is also described as a Priest in the book of Hebrews
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
We who believe in the Lord Jesus are called to be kings and priests ourselves.
Looking at those two roles that are exemplified by our Lord, how should we then live if we too are to be kings and priests ourselves?
How should we behave as kings?
To be kings, we must serve our King's kingdom. We must conduct ourselves impartially to all men for all men are called to serve our King alongside of us.
We must show forth His glory so that our conduct reflects the Kingship of our Lord. We must behave with all of eternity in mind as our actions and deeds have eternal consequences.
We must walk in the spirit so that our steps are guided in the way of kingship by the Spirit of God.
How should we behave as priests?
Here too we must be in the spirit and ascend into heaven and we must be unwavering in our profession. We must be empathetic towards those we represent to God to whom we bring intercesion. We must be merciful in our prayers for our families and our neighbours as we ourselves have been tempted and have been shown mercy.
At the throne of grace, we can approach boldly knowing who has saved us and what He has purchased for us by His blood.
Let us be kings and priests before our God acting in the service of our King in His kingdom and always be interceding for those God has given us to intercede for before the throne of grace.