PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, March 29, 2017.
What do we learn about Jesus in today’s Bible Reading?
“For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever” (Hebrews 7:26-28).
Jesus is perfect forever.
Jesus is holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
Jesus is the High Priest above all other priests and His priesthood will never come to an end.
Jesus is the mediator and guarantor of a better covenant.
Hebrews 5:9 states, “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”
Who was Melchizedek? He was an Old Testament figure in the story of Abraham for whom we only catch a glimpse (Genesis 14:18-20). Some astute biblical interpreters believe him to be a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus Christ, but at a minimum the Bible clearly considers him a type of that which is to come (click here to learn more about a form of biblical symbolism called typology).
Jesus Christ did not exalt Himself to this position, but God raised Him up to it. As Philippians 2:9-11 declares, “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The Bible triumphantly declares of Jesus, “For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:19-20).
Many will misinform you about Jesus, but I encourage you to read the Bible and let the Word of God inform your understanding of Jesus (not culture, not movies, not songs, not books about Jesus or about the Bible, but the Bible itself!). There is nothing more important than what you say about Jesus.
What do you know about Jesus and where are you getting your information?