Lesson: Hebrews 6:20; 7: – 27.
“Now consider how great this man was…” Hebrews 7:4.
There is something majestic about every movement of the dimly seen person of Melchizedek: a king and priest. We see but little OF him, yet we see nothing little IN him.
Here is here – and gone, yet he is a ‘priest for ever’!
Consider how great this man was in the power of his benedictions (Heb. 7:7).
Consider how great this man was in his supremacy over the Levitical Priesthood. (Heb. 7:8/9).
Consider how great this man was in the uniqueness of his person. (Heb. 7:3).
Now this Melchizedek is but a type of One even greater than himself, (of Jesus Christ): “If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?” (Heb. 7:11).
If Melchizedek was wonderful – how much more the One of Whom he was but a type…
“Now consider how great this Man (Jesus) was.”
- Here is an Exhortation – “Now consider how great THIS Man was.”
The subject claims our consideration.
- Not optional – it is His right and due. His blessed Person and work should occupy our minds.
The subject needs our consideration.
Here is a subject that requires great thoughtfulness. In centuries to come philosophies of this generation will be laughed at. We must therefore come back to the revelation of God.
If in these 30 minutes I shall excel in my showing forth of His glories – I shall still know I have failed. It is like holding a candle to the sun!
Secondly, we will obey the exhortation – and will…
- “Now Consider How Great This Man Was.”
“In His relationship to God.”
I do not think of Him as a Divine man or a Human god. He was God and Man in One Person. O how my heart loves Him – My soul bows in His presence. The greatness of the Man Who is God is inconceivable.
“In His relationship to men.”
Adam was the representative man – the fountain of the human race. When he fell – we fell. Christ Jesus is the Second Man – in Whom none fall – but multitudes may rise again.
The divine Mind that cannot look upon sin without indignation, was so charmed to look upon the Person of this glorious Man that an amnesty has been proclaimed to the sons of men, bidding them repent.
“In His relationship with His own People.”
Before time began God saw His Son and all His elect accepted in the Beloved. See how great this Man was – for on the strength of His bare promise the Lord continued to save men for thousands of years before Jesus ever bled for sins on Calvary’s brow.
Let me help you a little further, dear friends, to consider how great this Man was by reminding you of …
The surroundings of His cradle
i. Prophets for thousands of years had predicted His arrival.
ii. Types and shadows pointed to the Coming One.
iii. Saints, like Anna and Simeon, awaited Him.
iv. Angels heralded Him.
The surroundings of His earthly course
He was tender but never weak. Strong but never brutal.
Alexander was a conqueror – but he was defeated by wine. Napoleon Bonaparte (whose name means “good part”) was a frequenter of the lust houses of France.
But consider how great this Man Jesus was – never an unworthy act! Never a regretted word.
Consider how great this Man was on His cross:
“Father forgive them” – the most gracious words ever spoken.
“Lama sabacthani – “- the most terrible words on human lips.
“It is finished!” – the most glorious words ever heard. Who shall contradict Him? It IS finished!
Consider how great this Man was when He arose.
Consider how great this Man IS! (The word WAS is not in the original).
Consider how great this Man IS – Now angels bow before Him.
Consider how great this Man IS – Who shall judge the world.
“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:31.