Jesus: A Priest forever!
Scripture reading for October 20th: Hebrews 5
High priests in Old Testament Israel came from Aaron, Moses’s brother, appointed by God to that position. He was a sinful man, and could identify with the people and offered sacrifices for their sins as well as his own. But Aaron and his offspring were limited in their ability to serve the people, in that death took them away. Although this priesthood was still helpful, God had something better in mind for his people.
“No one takes this honor upon himself; he must be called by God, just as Aaron was. So Christ also did not take upon Himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to Him, “You are My Son; Today I have become Your Father.” And He says in another place, “You are a Priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”” (Hebrews 5:4-6) Jesus was called by His own Father to become a Priest forever! Melchizedek was an Old Testament figure that has some mystery about him. (See Genesis 14:17-20) He was ‘king of Salem’ and ‘priest of God Most High’ in the time of Abram. Abram was met by Melchizedek as he returned after rescuing Lot from King Kedorlaomer. He brought Abram bread and wine and gave Abram a blessing from God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. Abram, in response, gave Melchizedek a tithe of all the spoils! There was no record of Melchizedek’s birth or death, it was like he just appeared and disappeared.
Jesus Christ was appointed to the order of Melchizedek! He meets His brethren and offers a meal of bread and wine, His own body and blood! He is a Priest forever–with eternal existence, past, present and future! He came to bless His brothers and deliver them from their enemies and make known Father God to them. He is our great High Priest who blesses us with eternal life!