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Everlasting Life With Jesus

A Commentary by Constance Vanides

Puzzling over his writing, the little boy in the comic strip asks the question, "How come the alphabet ends with Z, but numbers keep going on forever?" *

My response would be that the alphabet is like Jesus who said, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End...who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (Revelation 1:6) Jesus likens Himself to the letters, alpha and omega, the beginning and the end of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and ending of a perfect life, yet an existence without ending; "...a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 7:20) Thus, the "alphabet," one might say, could keep going on forever!

Melchizedek shows up early in the bible. Right at the beginning we find this oddly mysterious person, undoubtedly a type of Christ, "the priest of God Most High", greeting and blessing Abram. Before the Law established the Aaronic priesthood, we find someone called "priest" without the "credentials" which came later, to become a priest, much like Jesus who came through the tribe of Judah and not Levi. The book of Hebrews describes Melchizedek as, "having neither beginning of days nor end of life but made like the Son of God..." (Hebrews 7:3)

David, prophetically, also refers to the Lord as, "...a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedeck." (Psalm 110:4). We may never find out exactly who Melchizedeck is, but one thing is certain, Just as Jesus lived, died, was resurrected, and now lives forever, He shares with Melchizedeck a forever priesthood.

Though our alphabet starts with A and "ends" with Z, Jesus shows us the alphabet of the Spirit, His presence from the beginning to an on-going relationship with Him eternally, unto the ages of ages!

"And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:40)

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