Read Hebrews 7
Focus on verse 28
When I was five years old, I thought my dad was the strongest person in the world. Truth be told he quite likely was the strongest person in “my” world at the time. It was not until I grew quite a bit older that it became apparent to me that my dad might not only not be the strongest man in the world, but that he also had some weaknesses just because he was human.
Since that time I have learned that while the world has produced some incredibly strong humans, we all eventually grow old and weak, and ultimately we die.
In today’s reading the writer of Hebrews describes the difference between human priests who were appointed by God’s law, and Jesus Christ, who fulfilled that law.
For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever. (v. 28)
The differences are significant. The priests who lived by and kept the law by offering animal sacrifices on behalf of their own sins first and then on behalf of the people, grew old and died and had to be replaced by younger priests who grew old and died, and that cycled had to continue for the law to be kept. Jesus Christ came as God in human form, lived without sinning, offered himself as the “once for all” final sacrifice that fulfilled the law of God, rose from the dead and thereby broke the power of death over humanity, and now lives forever so He does not need to be replaced.
The strength that Jesus demonstrated in achieving that was given to Him by God, and that strength is now available to those who choose to follow Him. If this is true, you might well ask the question; “then why do we not see more of the strength that Jesus displayed being displayed by those who follow him?” and that would be a valid question.
I suspect the reason we see so little of this strength displayed by followers of Jesus is that the majority of the people (at least in America) either do not know, or do not believe this strength is available to them. It seems to me that if they did we would be seeing more signs of that strength evident in their daily life. I also suspect that perhaps the reason we see more of this strength displayed in third world nations around the world is that in some of these nations this kind of strength is a required asset for survival as a believer in an environment of persecution. Apparently we do not really understand the strength that is available to us until we encounter a situation in which that strength is required.