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Jesus Christ is our High Priest

John Collins03/19/2012In Hebrews 5, Paul said that every high priest from among men is ordained not by God, but by men.

The high priest was ordained so that he would offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.  He would have compassion on those who did not know or believe the word, and help those who were backslidden.  The high priest himself would have compassion on them, for he himself is full of weakness and failing.

The high priest made offerings for not just the sins of the people, but for himself.  Yet no man except Aaron took the honor to become high priest upon himself.  

Jesus Christ also did not not glorify Himself to be made a high priest.  The same Holy Father that said to Jesus, "Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee" said in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever and after the order of Melchisedec."

Melchisedec offered prayers and offerings with strong crying and tears unto God.  He feared God, and knew that God was able to save him from death.  Though Jesus Christ was a Son of the Heavenly Father, he learned obedience by the things that he suffered as a man.  Being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all that obey Him.  Christ was called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Melchisedec did many things as a man, some of which were hard for Paul to even speak about.  The people had became dull of hearing clearly the words Paul spoke.

Paul said that in the time they ought to be teachers, they needed someone to teach them again the original teachings of the prophets of old.  As a baby, they were in need of milk, instead of meat.  Every one that used milk, according to Paul, was not skilled in the word of righteousness, because he was just a baby.  When the baby reached a full age, they were ready for meat.

The strong in the Gospel were the ones that were able to handle the meat.  They use their senses to discern both good and evil.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we raised our pastors up to the point we think they are ordained by God and not by men?  Do we think our pastors are the only ones worthy to intercede?  Do our pastors confess their own sins before us?  Do they cry daily for those who've never known Jesus Christ?  Do they have compassion on the backslidden Christian?  Or do they instead try to hide and cover up their own sin?  Do they try to say that Jesus was "just a man" and lived a perfect life as our example, when Jesus was God and every man is born into sin?  Do they still teach the old laws instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Are they giving us milk instead of meat?