Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Four
Our Understanding High Priest | By: Kate Downing
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” - Hebrews 4:14
Before we dive into today’s study, it’s important to understand the term “high priest.” A high priest was the highest position of religious authority and privilege in the Jewish culture. The high priest’s job was to go into the holiest of places within the temple and offer a blood sacrifice on behalf of the sins of the people. He interceded to a Holy God on behalf of a sinful people.
Take the next few minutes asking God to quiet your heart and mind from distraction. Thank Him for the privilege of reading His Word, and ask Him to speak to you today.
Read Hebrews 2:17-18. Take a minute to look back at chapter two to understand what the “therefore” in verse 17 is there for.
What is Jesus described as in verse 17?
What does verse 18 tell us about Jesus as our high priest?
Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Summarize these verses in your own words.
What does it mean to you to know that Jesus has experienced the same struggles, temptations, and weaknesses you have faced?
Read Hebrews 5:1-6. What does a high priest do according to verse one?
Who appointed Jesus as our high priest?
Read Hebrews 5:7-10. As we read these verses it’s important to remember that the author is explaining how Jesus is our understanding high priest. On our behalf, Jesus “learned” or “experienced” all the same temptations and sufferings we face, yet He did so without turning to sin. As our high priest, Jesus intercedes before God on our behalf, and He does so with a heart that understands what we face each day.
APPLY: When have you been reassured by talking with someone who understood what you were going through?
What did Jesus become through His suffering (v. 9)?
What have you been embarrassed or worried to admit before God? Have you felt alone in something you are struggling with? Take heart knowing Jesus is our High Priest who understands our struggles, who dealt with temptation. He understands what you are facing and offers you not only forgiveness and freedom but to receive your cries for help with love and understanding. But, you must first come to Him for help!
APPLY: Write out the things you have been too embarrassed or ashamed to bring before God.
Next to each thing, write out a prayer thanking Jesus for being your understanding high priest. Then, confess these things before God, and ask Him to break the hold these temptations have on you by His power!