Join me on a journey through time. Back to a small town in the 1980’s. Like many small towns, this one has more churches than stoplights. One church, in particular, stands taller than the rest. St.John’s United. Open the ornate doors. Climb the squeaky stairs, past the “no confetti” regulatory sign, into the sanctuary. Red light from stained glass bathes the hardwood pews. Take a seat.
The title of today’s sermon is: “Jesus 2.0?”. Please open your Bible to: Hebrews 7:1-3
From the New World Translation:
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him 2 and to whom a tenth from all things is first of all, by translation, “King of Righteousness,” and is then also king of Salem, that is, “King of Peace.” 3 In being fatherless, motherless, without geneology, having netiher a beginning of days nor an end of life, but having been made like the Son of God, he remains a priest perpetually.
From the New Student Bible (NIV):
1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, his name means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without mother or father, without geneology, without beginning or end of life, like the son of God he remains a priest forever.
That’s right folks. Melchizedek was “made like the Son of God”. That means like Jesus, right? Virgin birth and all that? Nope. No mother = no womb. Wait, we could just ask him ourselves, for he is without “end of life”. He’s a “priest forever”. A quick internet search for “churches with two-thousand-year-old priests named Mel” should solve this mystery.
Asking a Christian, “What’s up with Melchizedek?” is like asking a doctor, “Why do we have an appendix?” Ten of them will give you ten different answers.