Devotional: ‘Strength and Help From Our High Priest’

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The book of Hebrews is both a letter of encouragement and warning. It is a warning for those who fail to trust in Christ – “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” (Heb 10:38) But it is also an encouragement for those who will trust and remain faithful – “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb 10:39)

One of the great sources of encouragement found in this letter is the promise of a High Priest who understands our struggles and who will faithfully assist us as we make our way through this world.

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

The central theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Jesus Christ. Today we focus once again on the superiority of His priesthood and ministry.

First we are told that Jesus understands what it is like to be human.

Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God… 18 Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted. (NLT)

Christ knows what it is like to be tired and weary. He can related to those who tempted and tested. He understands what it is like to be ridiculed and rejected. He even experienced the horrible pain of being brutality put to death.

Secondly, we are told that Jesus has made a way for us to have access to the Father.

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus…

We must never forget that we are the children of God and that He invites us to call Him – ‘Father.’ By the blood of Christ, we have full access to the throne of our heavenly Father. Paul encourages us by saying: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Though men may turn against us, God will always be for us.

Thirdly, we are invited to be completely open and honest about our struggles.

Hebrews 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus… 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…

One of the great truths I have gained from our study in the book of Hebrews is that God does not want us to be INDEPENDENT. He wants us to be DEPENDENT. It is the desire of our Savior that we seek His help in everything we do. He understands. He cares. And He can help.

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