The High Priest on the Cross (Sun. April 4)

The word of the day is “offer.”  For the Orthodox, today is the mid-point of Great Lent, the Sunday of the Adoration of the Cross.  For Western Christianity, today is the Day of Resurrection.  In both cases, the Cross is the center.  By His Cross, Christ delivered us from sin and “trampled down death.”  Thus, in today’s reading of Hebrews 4:14-5:6, we learn that by the Cross, the Lord became our High Priest (OSB 4:14).  The apostle writes that God appointed Him to offer “gifts and sacrifices for sin” as a priest (NKJV vs. 5:1).  Today, we view the Cross through the lens of the apostle’s teaching of Christ, the High Priest. For the Orthodox, the Lord’s death on the…