Jesus, High Priest and Master
“He has made us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” Revelation 1:6 NLT
Jesus is the eternal High Priest! "Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed. And the psalmist pointed this out when he prophesied, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” (reference to Psalm 110:4) "There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.” Hebrews 7:16-17, 23-28 NLT The author (perhaps Paul - there is debate on who actually wrote Hebrews) refers to Jesus as a priest who came from the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was the One who Abram paid tithes to and had communion with (shared bread and wine - see Genesis 14). There is no record of Melchizedek's ancestry. He had no earthly father or mother. He received the tithe from Abram. He appeared to Abram before the law was ever given (the law of Moses). All of this gives reason for us to consider Him as a theophany (a visible manifestation of God to Abram). We can, appropriately, use the word Christophany here (a human appearance of Jesus). This would make absolute sense because Melchizedek parallels Jesus in so many ways. Melchizedek means "king of justice (righteousness) and "king of peace." Jesus is both of those.
The point is this: Jesus is the High Priest that came from Divine origin rather than through the tribe of Levi. Melchizedek was not from the tribe of Levi (the original tribe chosen by God to be priests in the Old Testament). Jesus came from the tribe of Judah (see Hebrews 7:14). Since Jesus is the Once And For All High Priest, those who come to God through Him are made priests of God. What an awesome privilege! Through Jesus we are made a priesthood. We are now ambassadors (representatives) of God. We serve him on this earth as his kingdom of priests. His blood has washed us white as snow!!! ““Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 NLT “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 NLT All glory and power to the One and only High Priest, our Master, JESUS! “For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 NLT
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Rev. Curtis Norris