In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:1-3
“Capsule of Jesus”
The old covenant was prior to Jesus coming to earth. The relationship with God was more indirect through the prophets and priests. People lived by the Law of Moses and atoned for sin by regular sacrifices. “But the law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming.” (Hebrews 10:1). The new covenant started with Jesus. “He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:9,10).
Our passage today (Hebrews 1:1-3) is a capsule description of who Jesus is, what He did, and His rightful place in the universe:
1). The new covenant is established through Him. Hebrews 1:2
2). Jesus is the heir of all things. See also Hebrews 2:8.
3). God the Father created the world through Him. See also John 1:2.
4). He is the exact representation of God. See also John 1:1 and John 10:30.
#But today, Christ is limited neither by time nor space; for He lives in the power of an endless life, and the Father has been pleased to reveal Him in my heart. Watchman Nee
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:17-18
Jesus is our high priest. What he did on the cross was the completion of a perfect plan with eternal consequences. Earthly leaders of man (religious, political, etc.) always fall short of perfection. They can identify with our imperfections, but they are not without sin. Jesus, though, would not have been the perfect high priest if He had not lived as a man. He lived in the world among sin, but did not sin. He finished the race unblemished. HE CAN THEREFORE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE FACE.
You might say, “Well, Jesus is God and therefore it was easy not to sin!” See Philippians 2:6-7. “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” He is God, but did not use this to His advantage with regard to sin. Jesus is the God-man. He lived as the Son of Man perfectly. He could have chosen to fall short, but He didn’t! He was sinless and finished the race of life unblemished because He chose correctly and obeyed. He qualifies as the perfect High Priest.
# HE IDENTIFIES WITH US. HE IS OUR HELPER!
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly, till the end, the confidence we had at first.” Hebrews 3:12-14
Sin results from lack of faithfulness and from disobedience. IT IS A CHOICE. Our pattern for a sinless-life is Jesus, our high priest. He is also the ultimate example of faithfulness. “He was faithful to the one who appointed him.” (Hebrews 3:2).
The holy life is a life-long journey. We cannot live on past successes because if we fall into sin, then we are compromised, immediately! An example is the relationship of a man and wife. If he is faithful to her for their entire lives together except for one affair, then he has been unfaithful. The goal is to finish the race of life successfully from a spiritual standpoint. See 2 Timothy 4:7.
We may say to ourselves, “Oh, I’ve never had any big sin!” Remember that we are all vulnerable. We are told to encourage each other in righteousness because sin is deceitful.
1 Peter 5:8 “The devil is looking for someone to devour…”
1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee from sexual immorality…”
1 Corinthians 10:14 “Flee from idolatry (power, prestige, money)
FLEE FROM SIN – DO NOT DABBLE IN IT – ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER IN GODLINESS
#To the extent that I am able to convince myself that my sin isn’t really sin – that is that my little wrongs do not really rise to the level of what Jesus died for-I am not really that excited about grace. Paul David Tripp
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
In Hebrews 2:17-18 from Tuesday’s study and in today’s passage, we study about the qualifications of Jesus as our high priest. His unique qualifications are that:
1). He dwelt on earth as a man. Therefore, He can truly sympathize with us.
2). He conquered sin by living a sinless life, not by using the power of God (which was at His disposal). Therefore, He finished the race, persevered, and was faithful.
3). Now He sits at God’s right hand, interceding for us. Intercede is defined as pleading or petitioning on behalf of others, to mediate.
Therefore, we are in an awesome relationship. Jesus is our high priest, and the Holy Spirit lives within us. We can approach God the Father (because of Jesus and the Holy Spirit) with confidence.
#CONSIDER THIS AND THANK GOD DAILY! HE GAVE US THE TOOLS TO LIVE A HOLY LIFE!
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:1-2, 6
Hebrews 11 is the “Faith Hall of Fame.” Since we became believers by faith, we must have faith even to start our walk with God. Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace you have been saved through faith.”
Our walk with the Lord after we are Believers is contingent on faith. All of us fall from the track intermittently: WE DON’T COMPLETELY TRUST GOD WITH OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES. It doesn’t make sense but we all do it: we trust God with our eternal life, but we try to manage the here and now ourselves. Remember that GOD WILL NEVER FAIL US. He has the whole picture in focus: past, present and future. We only have a glimpse.
Without faith, the Holy Spirit within us is quenched. We are not totally filled up with his presence and God cannot use us.
Let us thank God each and every day for what He has done for us. Let’s gain strength from His history: He has never failed us or forsaken us. LET’S BE FAITHFUL!
#In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him, He has always appeared for my help. George Mueller