5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.”
6 As He also says in another place:
“You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek”; 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. Hebrews 5:5-11
The Holy Spirit wants us to understand that Jesus did not begin His priestly role on His own but that He was in fact called by God. We find two quotes from Scripture to support this truth:
I will tell of the decree: the Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Psalm 2:7
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” Psalm 110:4
Jesus is a Priest forever and of a special order. Why is Jesus greater than the the Old Testament Levitical priest which God ordained? Because Aaron and every priest after him died and someone succeeded them. Jesus was not a priest of Aaron’s order for He died but resurrected. His sacrifice of Himself was acceptable to the Father.
Jesus was not of the order of Aaron but of the order of Melchizedek. We will learn more of Melchizedek in chapter 7 but he was both priest and King and was a picture of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who is High Priest and King forever.
The Holy Spirit gives witness that Jesus offered Himself as the Lamb sacrificed for man’s sin, defeating every enemy as He resurrected from the dead. Despite being God’s Son Jesus was called to suffer and learned the meaning of obedience to the fullest degree through that suffering. “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but He holds His priesthood permanently, because He continues forever. 25 Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a High Priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for His own sins and then for those of the people, since He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. 28 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 (Hebrews 7:23-28).”
I wanted to highlight some key words and phrases in the Scripture above but every word of it is important and gives the blessing of joy with thanksgiving…so I just encourage you to read it slowly and talk to THE High Priest as you do! O what a Savior!