In The Word

Read Hebrews 4:14—5:10

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The Perfect High Priest

For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness; and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself. And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,

You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”;

just as He says also in another passage,

You are a priest forever
According to the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Walking In The Word

Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but, One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Nobody understands all the temptations we go through every single day like Jesus does. He, without sinning, overcame all the temptations thrown at Him by the evil one; this shows us that we also can overcome every single one of them like He did. He has given us grace to overcome every sin that so easily entangles us.

Jesus is not like the earthly priests that had to offer sacrifices for the people’s sin and also for themselves. He became the perfect sacrifice once and for all. All sins were forgiven in Him. He did not glorify Himself to become a high priest but God did. Hebrews 5:7 says, “In the days of His flesh, He offered both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the one able to save Him from death and He was heard because of His piety.” Jesus knew exactly what to do every time he was tempted; He knew who to turn to, who to call to His rescue and that was His Father in heaven. If, as believers, we could do the same and call upon the Father in prayers and supplications, He will come to rescue us from death.

When you go through hardships in your life, who do you call first, who do you trust the most? Christ should be on our speed dial. He is waiting for us to call.

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