The Joy in Responsibility
(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)
There are two very important pictures of Jesus in the context of our verses;
Hebrews 4:14 through 5:3:
First picture is our Reigning King: (Not the main picture)
Throne of Grace –
The Kingdom is established on Grace. (verse 16b)
We all need help but we don’t deserve help.
We need to be pitied, have mercy and grace extended to us.
The main picture is our Sympathetic High Priest:
Jesus is compared to OT Israel Priesthood. (No modern day example is correct)
We need to know the OT in order to fully know our relationship with Jesus. (5:1-3)
As our High Priest: (4:15)
– Tempted exactly as we are
– Never gave in, never sinned, endured to the end
– Understands weakness
Jesus is sympathetic toward you
Jesus is alive and in God’s presence, forevermore.
We need to strip ourselves of self-confidence:
Superman/Superwoman aren’t real
We need to stop drowning in leisure and sensual pleasures
Finding temporary escape
We need not be paralyzed
Sitting in dark depression
We have complete help now and forever
This is the whole point of the Old and New Testaments. God planned for a High Priest, a Savior, a Redeemer, a gracious Helper.