Sunday 20 April, 2014

Hebrews 7:11-22

11 Suppose the Levites who were priests could have made people perfect. The law was given to the people so they could become perfect through the priests. Then why was there still a need for another priest to come? And why did he need to be like Melchizedek? Why wasn’t he from Aaron’s family line? 12 A change of priests requires a change of law. 13 Those things are said about one who is from a different tribe. No one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 It is clear that our Lord came from the family line of Judah. Moses said nothing about priests who were from that tribe. 15 But suppose another priest like Melchizedek appears. Then what we have said is even more clear. 16 He has not become a priest because of a rule about his family line. He has become a priest because of his powerful life. His life can never be destroyed. 17 Scripture says, “You are a priest forever, just like Melchizedek.” (Psalm 110:4) 18 The old rule is done away with. It was weak and useless. 19 The law didn’t make anything perfect. Now a better hope has been given to us. That hope brings us near to God. 20 The change of priests was made with an oath. Others became priests without any oath. 21 But Jesus became a priest with an oath. God said to him, “The Lord has taken an oath and made a promise. He will not change his mind. He has said, ‘You are a priest forever.’” (Psalm 110:4) 22 Because of that oath, Jesus makes the promise of a better covenant certain.

I love it – “Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.”

What an amazing statement – what could not be done through the Old Covenant or through the Priests in the line of Aaron has been done in Christ!  We are new creations, not bound in law but free in Christ – a covenant so far better than the old that there is no real comparison!

So what – now I do not need to go down the path of working, or second guessing am I saved, am I good enough, will I get to heaven?  Through Christ, through faith in Him alone I can live the way that I was always meant to, I can live free, fulfilled!

Father thank you for the gift of Jesus and the simplicity of the Gospel.  May I live in faith in Him and so receive and live in the better covenant bought by His death!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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