Better Than Ever! (9 of 13) by Michael Romero

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Better Than Ever!
The Elevation of Jesus Christ
Michael Romero
Hebrews 7:1-28
2006

Introduction:

Today we are going to continue on the journey we have been on, studying the supremacy and superiority of Jesus Christ throughout the book of Hebrews. It is so very important for us to elevate the Lord Jesus Christ in our life to a position of honor and formulate in our hearts and minds how we intend to follow His lead.

Today I think it would be good for us to just dive into scripture and begin unraveling the argument for...

I. An Ancient Priesthood (contrast the tribe of Judah and Levi)
II. A Better Priesthood (transformation inside vs. external traditions)
III. A Surpassing Security (eternal representative)

Let's turn in our Bibles to Hebrews chapter 6 verse 19 and we will briefly review last weeks conclusion and step right into chapter seven.

Hebrews 6:19 (NASB95)
"19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast...,"

In every life situation, in every tempest, in every battle, in every situation. Jesus Christ our symbol of hope, our anchor has safely secured us to the throne of God!

In the New Testament period there have been drawings of anchors etched into caves and places where New Testament Christians met. Jesus indeed was a symbol of hope in a world that was spiraling downward, bathed in wickedness and spiritual oppression. The end of verse 19 into verse 20 moves us from the earthly focus to the heavenly scene,

Hebrews 6:19 (NASB95)
"...and one [a hope] which enters within the veil 20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."

The "order" of Melchizedek was a thing of mystery to the Israelites. The "order" they had been accustomed to was the "order" of Aaron from the tribe of Levi.

If you were an Israelite, at this point you might be asking, how in the world does Jesus Christ qualify to be a high priest?

To ...


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