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Priest Forever

His priesthood is superior since it rests on his endless resurrection life, the promised priest after the order of Melchizedek  –  Psalm 110:4 .  Hebrews is structured around several comparisons that demonstrate the supremacy and finality of the “ word spoken in ” Jesus over the past revelations “ spoken in the prophets .” The previous “ words ” were true but partial, promissory, and preparatory. But now, “ upon the last of these days ,” God has “ spoken ” with great finality in one who is a “ Son ” - [ Photo by LĂ©onard Cotte on Unsplash ].

Faithful High Priest

Jesus qualified as our high priest by participating fully in human sufferings, mortality, and death .  The priesthood of Jesus is the key subject of  Hebrews . He has become the “ merciful and faithful high priest ” who intercedes for “ his brethren .” This topic was anticipated in the letter’s opening paragraph, including the uniqueness of his priesthood, by declaring that he had “ achieved the purification of sins ,” and afterward, he “ sat down ” in God’s presence - [ Photo by  Christoph Schmid  on Unsplash ].

Supremacy of the Son

Through a series of comparisons, Hebrews presents the supremacy of the Son over all his predecessors.  Hebrews  was sent to a congregation facing pressure from outsiders and the possibility of persecution, and some members were contemplating withdrawing from the assembly to return to the synagogue. The letter presents arguments for why doing so will have catastrophic consequences for the believer - [ Photo by  Samuel Ferrara  on Unsplash ].

Upon These Last Days

The era of the Levitical priesthood terminated with the superior “word” revealed by God in His Son.  God has spoken His superior “ word ” in the Son “ at the end of these days .” The clause may reflect the idea attested elsewhere by the New Testament that the “last days” began following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Certainly, its use here signals that a significant new era began with his arrival - [ Photo by  Terry Tan De Hao  on Unsplash ].

Whosoever will Follow Me

After Jesus healed the blind man, for a fleeting moment, the eyes of Peter were opened to "see" just who he was  -  Mark 8:27-38 .  Jesus queried his disciples while he was “ on the way ” to Jerusalem:  Who do men say that I am ?  At least nine times  Mark  declares that Jesus is “ on the way .” His march to Jerusalem and his inevitable death was in fulfillment of Joh’s proclamation from the words of  Isaiah : “ I send my messenger before your face who shall prepare  your way ” - [ Photo by Esau Gonzalez on Unsplash ].

Servant of Yahweh

“I will give him a portion among the great because he poured out his soul unto death, and with transgressors let himself be numbered”  –  Isaiah 53:12 .  Unlike Adam, the “ Servant of Yahweh ” did not attempt to grasp the “ likeness of God .” Instead, he humbled himself and chose obedience, even if it meant a horrific and shameful death.  For this reason , God highly exalted him and made him “ Lord ” over all things. Exaltation did not precede his death - it followed it - [ Photo by  L.Filipe C.Sousa  on Unsplash ].