December 10: Jesus is the Eternal High Priest

Psalm 110:4
The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back:
“You are a priest forever
according to the pattern of Melchizedek.”

There are few people in the Bible who are as elusive and mysterious as the priest Melchizedek. We meet him in Genesis 14, and we learn two things about Him immediately. He is the King of Salem (the future city of Jerusalem) and a priest of Yahweh. In a time when God was setting a people apart for Himself through the bloodline of Abraham, Melchizedek was already a priestly king serving the Most High. How? Why? Where did he come from?

On these few details and questions about Melchizedek, the author of Hebrews builds an entire theological framework that He applies to Jesus.

[Melchizedek] is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. -Hebrews 7:2-3

Melchizedek’s aura of mystery is by design. The mystery of how Melchizedek is both King and Priest and the lack of details about his family and lineage are meant to make us ask those very questions of Jesus. Jesus is the King of Jerusalem. We now learn that He is also a priest…just like Melchizedek. He is able to join and reconcile religion and politics in peace and righteousness. Furthermore, because of His resurrection from the dead, He will hold this position forever!

Why not spend some time today in prayer to our High Priest, King Jesus. He has not stopped interceding for you; He is still making petitions on your behalf before the Father. Praise and thank Him for that as we prepare this Advent.

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