Today we connect Jesus as our high priest with the priest Melchizedek of old. Jesus has made all things new and his priesthood is enduring: he always lives to intercede for us. We have access to God because of and through Jesus, our high priest forever…
19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.
1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High… 2 First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Hebrews 6:19-20, 7:1-3, 6, 11-17, 22-25
Melchizedek is the priest Abraham met in Genesis 4, and to whom Abraham gave an offering. Melchizedek is said to have no genealogy (no mother and father) and was not a priest according to any lineage, unlike the Levites, who were priests by tribal designation.
Hebrews 6-7 positions Melchizedek as a forerunner or a type of the Son of God. Jesus is a priest who has no start or end, he has an earthly genealogy yet he is from heaven. He was from the tribe of Judah, yet still is a priest forever. Jesus is identified as a priest in the order of Melchizedek.
We see here that the Levitical priesthood did not produce the perfection desired. In fact, as the priesthood changed to Jesus as our forever high priest, the law also had to change. We see that in Jesus, as we carry our hope in Christ behind the curtain into the holy of holies ourselves. We have access to God because of and through Jesus, and this replaces our access which only came previously through a Levite who could enter on our behalf.
The very thing which made Jesus a priest is the very thing which should also give us tremendous comfort and hope in our relationships with God. Jesus was a priest on the basis of the power of his indestructible life (vs 16) and completely saves all who come to him because he always lives to intercede for them (vs 25). Jesus is our forever priest and intercessor.
As we approach God, consider Jesus’ forever role interceding for us. Appreciate his greatness and superiority to the priestly systems of old. Jesus has made all things new and his priesthood is enduring…