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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

OUR FOREVER PRIEST

“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 (completely) those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Hebrews 7:23-25 NLT
       In the Old Testament, priests came exclusively from the tribe of Levi. They were assigned sacred religious duties associated with the worship of God and the sacrificing of animals to pay for the people’s sins. They had a limited existence by virtue of their mortality.  They were born, lived to serve the Lord and passed on to their eternal reward.     
       Melchizedek was a godly priest who had no recorded beginning and no recorded end.  His genealogy shows no parents or kin.  Since no one knew from whence he came or anything else about him other then he was a priest of the Most High God he was considered forever a priest. Jesus also has no beginning and no end; therefore His priesthood is likened to that of the great Melchizedek.
       Christ is our forever priest, the only One qualified and willing to administer forgiveness to all those who would ask for it.  Unlike the forgiveness that is offered in the Old Testament, the forgiveness given by the Lord is once for all time.  Once saved, we are completely and totally rid of all sin that held us in bondage.  Not only is forgiveness in the offing, but Christ is also forever our intercessor with the Holy Father.  Nothing can separate us from His love, mercy and grace, nothing but our own desire to be separated.  No one can snatch us out of His mighty hand, but we can jump out.  Count the cost of knowing Christ, but also count the cost of walking away.  We have a golden opportunity in this life as believers to live for the kingdom in Jesus name.  Let’s take the time to soak in His goodness and mercy and pass it on to others in need of hope.  Until next time, walk with the king and be a mercy.

Resource:  Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.       

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