To be Like Christ
Updated: Feb 6
SCRIPTURE Hebrews 5:7-10
“While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. And God designated him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”
We know that Christ was in continual prayer to the father while on earth and we know that in the garden of Gethsemane his tears produced broken blood vessel’s due to their passionate and reverent nature.
Even though Jesus was in the bloodline of the creator he humbled himself to become a servant of all even unto suffering. This was the requirements to become the perfect high priest.
A priest in the order of Melchizedek plays the role of the eternal king-priest. All high priests were descendants of Aaron, except for Melchizedek and Jesus. Melkizedek was believed to be an earlier incarnation of he who who become Christ.
We learned many lessons from this passage. For example the power of passionate and reverent prayer is received by God. We learn that even as Christ was not immune to the world sufferings, so his followers will also suffer. But we know that the refining fires and suffering make us worthy of becoming the disciples that God is called us to be. And like Christ, though we are not from the bloodline of Aaron, we are grafted into the royal priesthood. And we have been given authority and power and position in this life as well as the next.