22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely[c] those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
26 Such a high priest truly meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever. Hebrews 7 NIV
Jesus is able to save completely. He always lives to intercede for me. He offered himself once for all.
Melchizedek is a perfect high priest AND He is a high priest of a different order. Abraham offers him a tenth of the plunder- something that was technically not required as Melchizedek is not traced as a descendant of Levi, and Melchizedek blesses Abraham.
3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! Verses 3 and 4
Jesus is juxtaposed next to Melchizedek (and ultimately, the Law); Jesus’ priesthood is one based on the power of an indestructible life (v 16). who is stated to be a priest forever. Jesus’ priesthood is in the order of Melchizedek’s which is a new order- significant for the new way, the new covenant formed through Christ.
Jesus is the true High Priest. A better hope is introduced and that hope is in Christ and not in the Law. The ESV states that Jesus saves to the uttermost (the greatest, highest degree; the farthest extent). Fully known. Fully loved. Fully Saved. Praise be.
Lord, Scripture joyfully declares the hope I have in Christ and the freedom of the new covenant. Awaken my heart to wonder at the generous mercy and grace that are in Christ. Help me to know Jesus as my High Priest who always lives to intercede for me- and to rest in the knowledge that He offered Himself once for all. Expand my mind to understand Your mystery. Amen.