Jesus The Greater
Lord Jesus, You are both my example of all goodness and the redeemer of all my sin. I bless Your name.
Read Hebrews 7:11–22
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
In Jesus we have a better hope (19) and a better covenant (22).
Jesus Christ fulfils the ancient prophecy of “a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” (17). This new order of priests is fundamentally different from the old Levitical order. Where the latter was founded on the Law, the former is founded on a promise of God’s Word, sealed by divine oath; both the promise (17) and the oath (21) are quoted from Psalm 110:4. No promise could be more secure. Jesus’ authority to act as our high priest comes directly from the mouth of God.
The weaknesses of the Levitical priesthood centered on the inescapable truth that their priests were only human and therefore subject to the corruption of sin. Think of Nadab and Abihu (Lev. 10:1,2), or Hophni and Phinehas (1 Sam. 1:3; 2:12,17,22–25). Their sacrifices for sin therefore required constant repetition. Worst of all, the high priests kept dying and having to be replaced. The author of Hebrews has already made it clear that Jesus, though he did experience temptation, is without sin (Heb. 4:15). Now the promise of Psalm 110:4 makes it clear that, in contrast to those Old Testament priests, Jesus also has “an indestructible life” (16). This is a testament to his divinity, contrasting with their humanity. A divine, indestructible life has immense power. Thus Jesus has been appointed a priest forever; he has an eternal power to mediate for us. He sets aside the Law on which Levitical priesthood was founded; he brings to a welcome end the previously endless, wearying cycle of sacrifices. Thereby he brings us “a better hope” (19) than the old system could ever afford—one by which every one of us may always “draw near to God” (19) without the need of a human priest to represent us. Jesus the perfect priest-king never fails.
What are some of the “old ways” that tempt you to turn from Jesus?
Lord Jesus, You have the power to change me and the wisdom to know what is best for me. Mold and shape me after Your will.
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