The Present That Lasts Forever

The Present That Lasts Forever

Hebrews 7:1-3; 25-28

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to receive as a gift was a model. I had model ships, model planes, model cars: anything that I could build to help me understand the construction of a thing was a huge hit. I **still** have some models that I’m looking forward to completing. Models can teach, models can inspire.

Does God Use Models For His Ministry?

OT: Model of the Promise ~ Hebrews 7:1-3

  • 1 king+priest; ONLY good example of mixture of religion and government in all of Scripture
  • 2 righteousness+peace=antitype of Jesus, the perfect combination of kingship, righteousness, and peace with God
  • 3 this OT character just “shows up” unexpectedly in the narrative; often, Jesus does the same: He shows up in our lives when we don’t expect Him. How has Jesus shown up for you?

NT: Messiah is the Present ~ Hebrews 7:25-28

  • 25 OT priests were place-holders, fulfilling an office (the PERSON filling the office changes, the OFFICE does not); Jesus lives, and permanently fills the requirements of go-between for God and humanity
  • 26/7 He has no sin; wages of sin is death; He died as a sacrifice on our behalf (not His own need): THAT is why He is the Highest Priest Possible!
  • 28 “made perfect” Christ’s journey is complete: the Son let go of Godhood, became human like us, took on our sin, died and canceled it out, rose again to give us new life, and finally re-entered God’s presence as the perfect go-between for both US and God: from the TOP to the BOTTOM and back to the TOP.

I’m intentionally playing with a triple pun in English:

  1. at Christmas, we give each other gifts, and we call them presents
  2. Christ was God’s gift of Himself to all of us: Emmanuel, His Presence
  3. Jesus enables us to live with God regardless of time: eternally the present

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