Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


May 26, 2009


A priest is a go-between. In other words, priests go-between parties separated to keep them in contact, in communication with one another.

Such a high priest truly meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day first or his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priest men in all their weakness, but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.

- Hebrews 7:26-28 TNIV

Without too much theological nuance, Melchizedek was just such a priest. His name meant: righteousness, and king of peace--just like Jesus. Here in Hebrews, we are told that Jesus, like Melchizedek is righteousness and peace. He is a priest between us and God the Father, not like the OT priests, but perfect in every way. And what is the result?

Jesus is our priest. In spite of our sins, we can be in relationship, we stay connected to our God, not separated by the guilt and shame of sin. We have a perfect priest who keeps us perfectly connected with our God, and his name is not, Melchizedek, but Jesus.

Dale Patterson