Monday, 17 December 2018

Reiterating the Sheblimini, Priesthood and Advocacy of Jesus On the Occasion of Femi Kasunmu’s Birthday - by SMB Sesan Johnson

Reiterating the Sheblimini, Priesthood and Advocacy of Jesus On the Occasion of Femi Kasunmu’s Birthday

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king, it is He who will save us”- Isaiah 33: 12
On the one hand, one of the things I calculatedly use to mark people’s birthdays and special events is to write a decisive article or preach a sermon to epitomize and amplify some of the germane virtues of the celebrant. On the other hand, one of the greatest things I hate most to do is to flatter people because I do not like to be flattered either. Having said the above, this piece is centred on reiterating the priesthood and advocacy of Jesus Christ because I believe these tripartite archetypes truly represent the crux of what Femi Kasunmu stands for. You will agree with that Femi himself is a priest (pastor), an advocate (barrister) and a profound advisor.

In 2 Corinthians 10:12 the Bible says those who compare themselves to themselves are not wise. I am bold to say in all ramifications, it will be a great error to begin to compare Jesus with any other religious leader. Understanding these binary personalities (priest and advocate) of Jesus Christ is pertinent to our appreciation and appropriation of His mandate on earth. Jesus as God incarnate came as a gift (John 3: 16) to mediate between humanity and divinity, and arbitrated the process that triggered the restoration of man to dominion archetype designed by God Himself from the beginning.

Explicitly, the Bible continuously affirms the priesthood and advocacy of Jesus Christ. Hebrew 3:1 admonishes us:  wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. Hebrew 4: 15 says for we have an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, Jesus can handle your case. Via prayers and requests just tender your situation to the High Priest and Divine Advocate.
Significantly, the priesthood of Jesus is after the order of Melchizedek (Genesis 14: 18, Hebrew 5: 10, and 6: 20). It is not after the order of Aaron. The Aaronic order is made up of priests that served ONLY in the temple. But the man for whom the order of Melchizedek was named was both king and priest, and Jesus deliberately chose that priesthood. It’s a hybridised priesthood, a secular/spiritual combo just like this celebrant.

Jesus is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world (I John 2: 1-2). There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5). Hebrew 12: 24: Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant and used His precious blood to redeem mankind from the bondage of sins. The Bible confirms it that Jesus is our advocate who is with the Father (God). In other words, Jesus has the ears of God all the time. Jesus is also known as the Otunba, that is, Sheblimini – he who sits on the right hand of Majesty (Psalms 110: 1). He knows the mind of God, take Him as your advice-giver.

While declaring His manifestoes and mandate, Jesus says in Luke 4:18-19: “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.” Jesus has given all Christians the same mandate to fulfil. While speaking on Strong Churches, Alder says “if you cannot politically impact your local geography, if you cannot implement social justice programs, fight for the poor in concrete terms; if you cannot fight against oppression in our polity, surely you cannot claim to be a strong church”. Christians and Churches must seek to emulate what Jesus stands for. We must both serve humanity as priests and advocates, i.e., preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also interceding for the world, particularly the lost souls. Remember Jesus has made us kings and priests unto God (I Peter 2:9, Revelation 1: 6).

With these thoughts, I say happy birthday to Femi Kasunmu.

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