Sunday Rest and Reflection:A Priest Forever

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!  He is our great priest who is now interceding for us at the right hand of God our Father!   A priest stands between God and man and mediates issues between them.  He offers sacrifices and bridges the gap between them.  Jesus is uniquely qualified to do this because of who He is!

As I reflect on this past week’s readings, I am drawn to Psalm 110.  Psalm 110 is quoted seven times in the New Testament and was used by Jesus to silence the religious leaders who were trying to trap him.  (Matthew 22:44-46)  The writer of Hebrews wrote extensively about Melchizedek, the priest of God Most High to whom Abraham paid a tithe of the spoils of Sodom.  (Genesis 14:18-20)(Hebrews 7)  Melchizedek was the king of Salem, the earlier name for the city of Jerusalem.  He was also a priest of God Most High.  He is unique in Jewish history, because there is no record of his birth or death.  He appears and then is not mentioned again until Psalm 110 as being a priest of a special order.

Jesus Christ is a priest of this order!  He is holy and blameless, set apart for God.  He is King and will rule the earth from Jerusalem one day.  He is declared a priest by God’s oath, not by the law:  “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind; ‘You are a priest forever.'” (Psalm 110:4)  He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices for us, His people, day after day because He offered Himself for us once for all!  (Hebrews 7:26-28)  He ever lives to intercede for us and is the Son of God, made perfect forever!

That’s who we worship and why we gather each week on the first day!  We celebrate our great priest who is King forever!  We honor Him who sacrificed His own body and blood for us!  We pray and give ourselves to do His work!  What an honor to serve our King!
In His Love, Pastor John

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