Wednesday March 3, 2021
Text: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Theme: Jesus our compassionate high priest
Jesus is our compassionate high priest because he was a man just like us. A high priest in Israel had the highest position in priesthood. First, he must be a descendant of Aaron and once anointed, remains a high priest for life. This office is therefore by God:s appointment and not by election. The high priest conducts the yearly sacrifice of atonement as he presents the blood of the bull. He offers this sacrifice year after year for himself and the rest of the congregation. Aaron and his sons were appointed by God and a great respect and reverence go with the office. The greater honour goes with the work of representing the people before God, the resolution of difficult cases and in blessing the people. The credibility of the person of Jesus Christ qualifies Him as our effective High Priest
Subsequently, in our own time, Jesus becomes the sacrifice and also the high priest presenting the sacrifice offering. Instead of blood of bulls and calves he shed his own blood on the heavenly altar. Note that Jesus didn’t confer the title of high priest to himself. Rather, God appointed him in the order of Melchizedek. (15:10) Hence his own priesthood is superior to that of the lineage of Aaron. He is the sacrifice and also the sacrificer. None of the previous priests could do this. Therefore, instead of repeating the sacrifice yearly. He does it once and for all and sits down at God’s right hand. By this wonderful feat, Jesus becomes a high priest forever. His priesthood has no end because he lives forever
Consequently, the humanity of Jesus qualifies him the more as a compassionate high priest. It grants him the privilege of having all the experiences of man. In other words, His priesthood has the calling of affliction. Such a Man is well qualified to stand as an advocate and a High Priest for men. He was in every respect like us yet without sin. Hence, Jesus does not merely sympathize with our frailties, but encourages us to have faith in Him to see us through life difficulties. By his mediation, believers are free to approach God’s throne of Grace to obtain mercy. This is a great privilege!
Furthermore, It is not weakness or faithlessness when we pour out our hearts with tears to God. It is rather a sign of a deep awareness of the realities and possibilities in Christ despite our human limitations. Consider this passage:
In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
If Jesus has learns obedience through suffering, then we must follow his pattern and travail in prayers until our thoughts are brought into obedience to Christ. This is the greater benefit of prayers beyond the answers.
In conclusion, Our exalted position in Christ calls for caution and reverential fear. We need to guard our faith, jealously, that it does not slip. What practical steps do you take to guard your faith? We must maintain diligence in observing our spiritual disciplines and a warm faith in Christ. Dear friend, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins (Hebrews 10:26 NLT).
PRAYER: Father, bring us to our knees in reverence iso that we will learn obedience to you in all that we may pass through, in Jesus name. Amen