As I write this devotion, I am watching the Conservative leadership election. I am so glad that our leaders are not elected for life for they are earthly. As we know too well, change is best.
We read in Hebrews about many priests who were earthly priests for as long as they lived; their priesthood was unlimited. Was this good for the people? I am sure that not all were like Melchizedek; they needed to learn to be gracious, and had to offer sacrifices for their own sins before they offered sacrifices for the people’s sins. But one was coming who would be like Melchizedek.
Jesus’ priesthood will have no end (verse 24). “Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.” (verses 25-26)
The author of Hebrews proves that Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament requirements. He was the first priest to bring together God and the human race. What a great feeling that Jesus is with us now and always, for he was the first, and only, eternal priest.
Gracious Lord, we are so thankful that Jesus' priesthood is eternal. What a blessing. Amen. — DMF