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Jesus Became Our Source of Eternal Life!
Hebrews 5:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
5 Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. 3 This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.”[a] 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”[b] 7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Saturday - March 27 - Read Hebrews 5:1-10
Melchizedek (Genesis 14) was an ancient priest of God before any temple or tabernacle existed. He was also the king of Salem (“salem” is Hebrew for peace). His name in Hebrew means “King of Righteousness/Justice.” Now, Jesus is our High Priest and our King of Righteousness. He intercedes for us before God in holiness and purity and he rules over us with righteousness and justice. That is who we have on our side. That is who we have listening to our prayers and taking them to the Father!