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Our Permanent High Priest — the Lord Jesus 
(A Brief Look at Hebrews 7)

My friends and I have been reading through the book of Hebrews. This week we’re reading Hebrews 7 together. I describe our Bible-reading covenant here and recommend that you consider doing the same with a few of your friends!

I think Hebrews 7 is one of the toughest chapters in all of the Bible! I don’t understand much of the material about Melchizedek, but that’s okay. The major point of the chapter, I believe, is about our great high priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are some of my observations on verses 26-28 —

1. He is a high priest who meets our needs (v. 26). My primary need — and yours too I suspect — is for an intercessor with the Father. And the Lord Jesus is precisely that for His disciples. There is no greater need.

I have a bit of a confession to make.  My wife and I are avid Starbucks coffee drinkers. Every morning I get up about 5:30 and make myself a cup, freshly ground, in our Keurig. When Linda wakes up, I kiss her good morning and ask, “Would you like a cup of coffee?” She says, “Yes, as a matter of fact, I would.” And I make her a cup. We’re presently drinking an expresso flavor. I found it interesting that it is described as “BOLD” and “DECADENT.” I want to be bold in my life, but certainly not decadent!! And I’m so glad the Lord Jesus has taken care of my decadence.

2. His character is described in five ways. He is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens (v. 26). These qualities show that Jesus is our perfect high priest and is now exalted by the Father for His atoning work.

3. Unlike every other high priest, Jesus does not need to repeatedly offer sacrifices day after day. He had no need to offer sacrifices for His own sins for He had none. He has made the ultimate sacrifice — Himself — for our sins!

4.  The Son has been made perfect forever. This statement in verse 28 seems to relate to the Son of God’s humanity for He was always perfect as the Second Person of the Trinity.

Today’s Challenge:  Some of our previous posts have been about our need for a high priest. Thank the Lord today for your permanent, perfect high priest who intercedes for you and me before the Father!

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2021 in Hebrews 7

 

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What Did Jesus Pray About? (Part 9)

Jesus uses the word “world” 17 times in His so-called high priestly prayer.  Let’s continue asking what He means by that word in our next occurrence of it.  We read in John 17 —

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in prayer

 

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