Hebrews 7: 11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come, one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless 19 (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.
The argument the writer to the Hebrews makes here can be boiled down this. All the priests in the Old Testament held their position because they inherited it from their fathers. But Jesus became our high priest because he earned it by the power of an indestructible life.
Jesus earned his place as our high priest because he never did anything wrong in his whole life. His enemies watched him closely and could never bring a single charge against him. His heavenly Father observed his life and said, “With him I am well pleased.” Who better to come before God in our behalf than the perfect Son of God? The Bible shows us that Aaron sinned. It records a number of high priests in the Old Testament were not worthy of their office. But Jesus deserves to serve as our great high priest, because he never sinned.
And who better to serve as our advocate before our Father in heaven than Jesus, who rose from the dead and who ascended into heaven to the right hand of God? His indestructible life means that he his our high priest forever, like Melchizedek and not like Aaron. Maybe in your life you had a pastor you loved, but who retired or who died or who was called away. Now you had to start all over again, getting to know your new pastor, becoming comfortable with him. Not so with with Jesus. He always lives before his Father’s throne to hear our prayers and make intercession for us!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are exalted to the heavens and live before the throne of God to make intercession for us! Like a faithful friend and brother, you never tire of hearing our cries for help. Forgive my sin. Give me strength and power over Satan’s temptations today. Keep me safe from harm and danger. I ask this in your name. Amen.