Archive for January 8th, 2018

Hebrews 5

Hebrews 5 addresses the truth around the role of High Priest and in particular how Jesus fits into that holy role and order.  The job of a high priest was to deal with sin.  “For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins”.  They have a very important job – to be the mediator between God and sinful man.  God appointed many to this role, but Jesus was called by God to be the complete fulfillment of High Priest.  “And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God”.

So even though Jesus was the Son of God, He didn’t just waltz in and declare Himself High Priest.  “So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, You are my Son, today I have begotten you….You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek”.  God had a plan for Christ, and He appointed Him to be the final High Priest that would deal with sin once and for all.  But it wasn’t easy and without sacrifice.  Jesus paid the price.  “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered”.  Jesus came to earth as a baby, grew to be a young man, and lived through the trials and temptations of life before suffering an agonizing death on the Cross.

But then things changed.  He overcame death and became the fulfillment of God’s plan for grace and mercy for all mankind.  On our own, not one of us is good enough to make it into heaven.  God’s standards are far too high.  But through the shed blood of Jesus, we can receive God’s gift of grace and have His perfection imputed to us through faith, so we can stand before God perfect just as Christ was.  “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest “.  Jesus is the answer to our sin problem.  He is the only answer.  But we have to make the choice to receive Him and the grace God offers through Him.

God’s expectation is that we grow in our faith and become mature Christ Followers.  Maturity should happen as we walk with Jesus.  Unfortunately it doesn’t happen via osmosis, we have to work for it.  The writer here expresses a lack of growth on the part of the Hebrews.  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles….You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil”.  Are you growing in your walk with Jesus?  That’s what should happen to each of us as Christ Followers.  It isn’t automatic.  We have to do the work of spending time in the Word, in prayer, and in relationship with Him.  Are you making that investment?

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