1 “Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We have such a high priest, one who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2 a minister in the sanctuary and the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. So this one too had to have something to offer. 4 Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 The place where they serve is a sketch and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, just as Moses was warned by God as he was about to complete the tabernacle. For he says, “See that you make everything according to the design shown to you on the mountain.” 6 But now Jesus has obtained a superior ministry, since the covenant that he mediates is also better and is enacted on better promises.”
“And by being perfected in this way, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, and he was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and he remains a priest for all time.
4 The Lord makes this promise on oath and will not revoke it: “You are an eternal priest after the pattern of Melchizedek.”
Yesterday I was thanking God that Christ is our mediator. Today I reflect on the fact that He is not just a go-between – He is a high priest. I love when something miraculous happens where there is no explanation. There is a mystery surrounding this high priest who showed up out of nowhere, who was the high priest of God and to whom Abraham tithed to. The fact that this name means “King of Righteousness” in Hebrew makes me smile. Not only that, He is from Salem, which means peace. Our Prince of peace made an appearance as high priest to the father of our faith, Abraham. How amazing. His next entrance as a priest would be as a baby. Christ is our high priest who lives forever in the order of Melchizedek.
We do not just celebrate God coming in the flesh as our Savior, our Redeemer, our Deliverer, and our King. He is our high priest. He is able to make atonement for all of our sins and He forever intercedes for His sheep. Many times in our lives we will have people come in and out of our lives. If we are blessed to have some with us for most of our journey here on earth, we are blessed indeed (unless they are a thorn in our flesh, ha!) But Jesus as our high priest forever means He didn’t just leave us when He left this earth. He remains our pastor, caring for our souls – for all eternity!
He is forever faithful in His duties as our priest and never forsakes His children. I am completely overcome with this reality. Christ coming as our high priest means we are never rejected, never without His leadership in our lives. Never abandoned, always with Him. Always.
Thank you, sweet Jesus, for being our everything! I worship You, my high priest!
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Have you ever heard the song, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives?” One of the verses is about this very thing:
“He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend;
He lives and loves me to the end;
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing;
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King!”
I have always loved that song!
Amen! That is one of my favorite songs!