Cru Weekly Ministry Tip #8, Fall 2012
Ever wonder what it really means in the book of Hebrews that Jesus is a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek?
Melchizedek was both a priest and a king who blessed Abraham back in Genesis 14. Here is how the writer of Hebrews describes Melchizedek and Jesus in 7:1-3,
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary, makes a good point:
“As a fit prototype for Christ Himself, Melchizedek was both a king and a priest. He both blessed … Abraham and received his tithes. Melchizedek’s name and title suggest the messianic attributes of righteousness and peace. So far as the Old Testament record is concerned, he was without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life…The word “forever” occurs only in Hebrews (here and in 10:12, 14) and means “continuously” or “uninterruptedly.”1
Jesus is our high priest forever. He is better then any earthly priest and his priesthood lasts forever. Jesus priesthood and service is based on a new and better covenant and promise through His death and resurrection, Hebrews 8:6. The priests who followed through on the Mosaic Law served as only a copy or shadow of the real thing, Jesus.
How great is that, we are serving the Messiah who was prophesied in the Old Testament and was our sacrifice that would satisfy God’s judgment for sin by His one sacrifice.
Summer Projects – Let’s Go!
Summer projects are potentially the greatest opportunities that Cru offers for growth in your walk with God and in your training for Christian ministry. Here are five reasons to think about recruiting for summer projects in 2013:
1. Summer projects help you to grow closer in your relationship with God through the emphasis and practice in the study of the word of God.
2. You will receive training in how to more effectively share your faith and disciple others.
3. You will build friends for life by living together in community, keeping each other accountable and being involved in a lot of memorable activities.
4. Summer projects will prepare and train you to go back to your campus or community and continue to have a spiritual impact with everyone around you.
5. Finally, summer projects help you to be involved in fulfilling the great commission, whether in the U.S. or in some country around the world.
Here are some fun videos that you can show on campus to help students begin thinking about going on a summer project in 2013.
Summer projects, Let’s Go!
Talk to you next week,
Cru Ministry, Orlando
1 Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Heb 7:1–3). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.