Yesterday we talked about how the writer of Hebrews started referring to Jesus as being a once and for all “high priest.” This theme continues on in both chapters 6 and 7. The original readers of this letter were Jews who were coming to faith in Christ. They were taught at an early age the importance of the Law and the importance of the priesthood. So, it’s very important that the writer took time in these chapters to focus on the truth of who Christ was in relationship to the priests.
Melchizedek is an important figure in this part of the text. He was a famous priest from the Old Testament who blessed Abraham. He wasn’t from the line of Aaron and all the other main priests. He was different – special. One that was thought of as being pure. One that wasn’t filled with a lineage of problems. The problem with the priestly line of Aaron is that they were all imperfect (just like us). But there was One who was perfect. And people knew for generations that he would come one day and be a “forever priest”.
Psalm 110:4 say,
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.””
This is important. The writer of Hebrews is showing the people and us today – that this Jesus, is the one we’ve been waiting for. He is the “forever priest of God Most High.” We no longer have to go to an imperfect priest for forgiveness of our sins. We can go to God himself through Jesus Christ. He is our permanent priest.
“…but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” – Hebrews 7:24-27 NIV
This is the Good News! These chapters of Hebrews are full of such amazing truth. My prayer is that you soak this up today. Read these two chapters two or three times. Maybe even have your Bible App read it to you as well. This is the meat of God’s Word that the Lord wants us to grasp. Jesus isn’t some fad or a logo for a T-shirt or bumper sticker. He isn’t just some secret friend we run to in times of trouble. He is the Lord. He is our great high priest forever. This Hope we have found is the hope of all mankind. From the beginning of time and for all time to come – Jesus is Lord. As I read today, I’m astounded once again by his majesty. I pray that today you see it fresh again too and it causes you to want to tell someone of his greatness. We all need a Savior. Help someone today know his name is Jesus.