“Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.”
– Genesis 14:18-20
Melchizedek? I know, right? Not one of the more well-known names in the Bible. Oddly enough, Hebrews 5 tells us the Jesus is “a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek”. What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means that Jesus is superior to any of the priests that served before Him in the Bible. Jesus is eternal and serves forever. Jesus is sinless and needs to offer no sacrifices for Himself. As is mentioned above Jesus, Like Melchizedek, blesses us. The greatest blessing being the forgiveness He earned for us when He served as both priest and sacrifice by offering His perfect life on the cross. The name “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness”; Jesus certainly is. Melchizedek was King of Salem. Salem is a form of the Hebrew word for peace. Jesus certainly is our King of Peace. Finally, just as Melchizedek offered bread and wine to Abram, so Jesus offers us His body and blood in the bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper for the forgiveness of our sins. In the Old Testament, priests were intercessors between the people and God. Jesus still intercedes for us and our heavenly Father listens and responds when His perfect Son speaks.