After All This Time? Always

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Today’s sermon was titled “After All This Time? Always” and was based on Hebrew 7. It talks about the high priest, Melchizedek, and compares Jesus to him. Pastor Steve said many people have theorized that Melchizedek was a type of Christ—a priest who lies forever.

“In the past, a priest would die and then another priest would have to be anointed,” Steve said. “Now the (writer of Hebrews) is saying, ‘The law is worthwhile but is useless in making you perfect.’ To a Jew reading this, this is crazy talk. As hard as you might try, you keep messing up, but (the writer) is saying there is a better hope.”

As verse 21 says, “This one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn  and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’” This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant. Steve noted that a guarantor is only as good as the one making the guarantee, but in Jesus’ case, He has a perfect credit score. He is not just the best priest that Israel ever had, but holds the priesthood forever.

Verse 25, which says that Christ lives to ever make intercession for His followers, is one of the truths that shows we will be worshiping around God’s throne forever. Steve said there are three key lessons here:

1) Jesus is able to save totally, utterly, completely, fully, entirely, and forever. Being saved from our sin is vital because God punishes sin and His wrath is to be avoided at all costs. Steve mentioned how people will ask where God is when offenders murder, steal or rape. The answer: He is heaven, storing up His wrath for the day of wrath, yet provides a way of escape.

“Jesus is not a pot-smoking hippie who saves us from wrath,” Steve said. “God pardoned our sin by sending a sacrifice for the sin. (Jesus) is the one. God so loved the world He died on the cross for your sin. There is no stone left unturned in Jesus saving you from your sin.”

2) Jesus is saving those who draw near to God through Him. We aren’t in some vacuum waiting for Him, Steve said, He comes and gets us. We still have a role: drawing near to Him as God opens our eyes and draws us in. The reason many church members lead boring lives is they say that got saved in 1979 and that was it, but drawing near to God is a constant thing.

3) Jesus is praying for us. Here, Steve mentioned Luke 22:31-32, where Jesus tells Peter that Satan demanded to sift him like wheat, but He has prayed that Peter’s faith will not fail, “and when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Jesus assumed the end of Peter’s test will culminate with Peter helping other followers of Christ.

“Jesus’ prayers are never not answered,” Steve said. “The encouragement in that is colossal, because you’re going to mess up too. . . . All my security is in Christ and Him alone.”