A Better High Priest under Grace
“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” . . . by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant . . . Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He ever lives to make intercession for them. (Heb_7:21-22, Heb_7:25)
One of the better aspects of the new covenant of grace is Jesus, our High Priest. The priests under the law were men who served for a limited time and then died. Under grace, our High Priest serves forever. Jesus received His priesthood “not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life” (Heb_7:16).
The priests under the law were sons of Aaron from the tribe of Levi. Each served as a brief reminder of the perfect priest who would someday bring a better covenant than the law. “Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? ” (Heb_7:11). This was a temporary priesthood, requiring numerous priests. “And there were many priests because they were prevented by death from continuing” (Heb_7:23). The priesthood of Jesus would never have to be transferred to another because he was the eternal Son of God. “But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood” (Heb_7:24).
Jesus, our eternal High Priest, was a priest after the order of Melchizedek. “For this Melchizedek . . . without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually” (Heb_7:1-3). Melchizedek was the one who brought bread and wine to Abraham when he returned victorious from battle (see Genesis 14). There was no genealogy for Melchizedek, no record of the beginning or ending of his days of service. In this, he was like the Son of God: eternal. Thus, he pictured Jesus’ priesthood: eternal. This makes Jesus (the provider of grace) a better High Priest than those who served under the law. “By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.”
Now, the one who died for us (to forgive our sins) is ever praying for us (that we might be thoroughly rescued from all else that threatens us). “Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He ever lives to make intercession for them.”
Lord Jesus, my great High Priest, I bow to You as the eternal one, whose priesthood never ends. I rest in Your interceding prayers for me today, that I might be delivered from all that would come against me, Amen.