THE ROYAL PRIESTHOOD
“I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation.”
John Wesley (pictured above preaching a top his Father’s grave)
The Christian faith makes guilty sinners into incandescent saints. And it’s all supernatural. The essence of Christianity is not behave but behold. Jesus doesn’t say, “Perform, earn your righteousness and pay” but simply “Receive abundance of Grace and My free gift of righteousness” (Romans 5:17). Where every other religion says “Do, do, do”, Jesus says “Done, done, done!”
Peter unpacks our royal identity and mission beautifully:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
(1 Peter 2:9)
Jesus didn’t come to die and rise again for a religious bunch of pew-warming orphans. He gave His life for a royal priesthood of hell-emptying sons and daughters. John Wesley was an ordinary man set on fire by an extraordinary God. Wesley preached 600 sermons in a row and only 6 of them were inside of churches. He rode on average 25 miles per day across the English countryside, preaching in the open air 3 times a day, establishing orphanages, schools and a Methodist church that in the end would change the very character of the world. There is nothing more exciting than Christianity in the power of God and nothing more boring than church without Him. No, Christianity is not dry, exhausting ritual, but the Holy Spirit empowered, light-releasing declaration of the chosen children of the King. Have you heard, really heard, the good news? Drink it down deep and go tell it abroad.