When a person begins talking about Melchizedek, most people's eyes begin to glaze over. He is an anomaly, a huge question mark from the Old Testament to the New yet we know that in some way he is a non-Aaronic priest who connects with Jesus who is our eternal High Priest. That is the thrust of this chapter: God did not send Jesus to follow in the same traditions as the priests and Levites; instead He came and offered one sacrifice for all time. While the priest's work never finished, Jesus' fulfilled everything His Father sent Him to do. The writer reminds us that many priests had to work together to keep the temple running smoothly, because they were mortal beings that would eventually die. God, therefore, did not put all the responsibility for our sin on the priests, though they did offer sacrifices and entered the Holy of Holies once a year to cover the sins of the people. Jesus came as God's Son to do what no human could do. He lived a perfect life, died a horrible death, and rose from the grave washing our sin away and defeating death. God sent His Son as the Perfect Sacrifice for our sin. That sentence alone should cause us to stand and shout "hallelujah." God did not leave us here to figure it out by the Law; instead He depended upon the One the Law points to, i.e., Jesus. Today, we must celebrate this glorious salvation that God has given us through His Son. He is so worthy of our worship and praise in everything we do.

Help me, Lord, to celebrate Jesus as my High Priest. Help me to never take this salvation You have provided for granted knowing You came and died for my sins and the sins of the whole world.