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The source of eternal salvation!

Scripture reading for November 3rd: Hebrews 5:1-14

Nothing in this life lasts forever.  The law of entropy is at work.  Brand new automobiles soon wear out or break down.  Technology that is cutting edge today is obsolete tomorrow.  Our bodies that are young and vibrant are soon old and weak!  But God has given us something that will last forever:  eternal salvation!

“And He says of Him, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”  “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from what He suffered and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:6-10)

In order to become the source of eternal salvation, Jesus Christ humbled Himself in complete obedience to the will of the Father and became a man.  God loved the world and man whom He had made in His image and likeness.  (John 3:16) He wanted all men to be saved so He designated His Son, Jesus Christ as a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Melchizedek was a priest who met Abraham after he defeated the king of Sodom.  He was a king of Salem and a priest of the Most High God.  As a priest, He had no recorded genealogy.  There was no record of his birth or of his death.  This priest stands out in history because he is priest without beginning or ending.  His was an eternal priesthood.  Abraham honored Him by giving a tenth (tithe) of the spoils.  (Genesis 14:18-20)

Jesus Christ was designated by God to be a priest forever after this eternal order of Melchizedek.  He earned this right through total submission and obedience to His Father.  He offered up prayers and petitions with crying and tears while offering His body and then His life-blood for lost sinners.  He was raised up after three days to become our High Priest and the source of eternal salvation!  He ever lives to intercede for those He saved!  He is King of Kings and will rule in Salem (Jerusalem)!  He blesses the children of Abraham through their faith!

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Perfected by Suffering!

Scripture reading for December 14th: Hebrews 5-7

It is a wonderful comfort to know that we have a perfect Savior who has been tempted and tested in the same manner that we are.  Jesus Christ was truly a human as well as God.  His suffering was part of the process that God used to help us to become all we need to be through faith.  Today’s readings help us to understand a little better what Jesus went through on our behalf.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of his reverent submission.  Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what he suffered and , once made perfect, be became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:7-10)

Jesus prayed passionately because He faced trials and temptations that buffeted His soul.  The last great wave of temptation was to save Himself from the cross in the Garden of Gethsemane.  (Matthew 26:36-44)  According to Luke, Jesus’ sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground and an angel came and strengthened him.  (Luke 22:42-44)  While Jesus wrestled passionately in prayer, the disciples were sleeping and deserted him in the night watch.  Jesus desired to have the cup of suffering removed from him, but reverently submitted to the Father’s will that He taste death for all sinners.

He was made perfect through suffering.  His suffering brought Jesus to perfect obedience and humble submission to the Father’s will.  He was then able to become the source of eternal salvation for all who would humbly look to Him in faith.  Because of Jesus’ submission, God designated Jesus a high priest of the order of Melchizedek!  Melchizedek had no recorded genealogy and appeared to live eternally.  His priesthood was of a different order than Aaron’s and came before Aaron’s.  It was based on the power of an endless life!

We can fully trust Jesus Christ as our high priest.  He is a man who is now alive forever in God’s presence.  God declared Him a high priest forever!  He was tempted in every way like us, but was without sin.  His blood is the perfect sacrifice for sin.  We owe Him our reverent submission!

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