Memory Text: “This is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Hebrews 8:1, NKJV).
The people of Hebrews must have wondered why they were to go through all that suffering if truly they were God’s children. A Jewish document was written a few decades after Hebrews also contained this issue of why they were to suffer if God were truly their God. Paul understood their condition and writes to them to strengthen the faith of Believers amid their trials. In Paul’s letter, He reminds them of the hope they have Jesus and encourages them to hold fast to the faith till the end.
What encouragement was there for the Hebrews in Hebrews 1:5-14?
The reminder that Jesus is the Ruler of the Universe and also the Ruler of this world after He came and died on our behalf is enough encouragement to the Hebrews that even though they may be going through trials now, there is rest promised for them after it all. The reward for them is greater than the suffering which they may go through here on earth.
Why is Jesus our Mediator?
Jesus is the Mediator of God’s blessings to us because He was able to exhibit the faithfulness the Davidic Kings could not. Faithfulness was the requirement for God’s blessings to be bestowed. Our ultimate hope of salvation is found only in Jesus because He is the channel through which the promise of salvation comes to us.
Why is Jesus our Champion?
Jesus is our champion because He fights our battles and defeats the Devil in solo combat and Deliver us from bondage.
How were the wishes the Israelites looked for in a King fulfilled in Jesus?
Jesus fulfilled the wishes the Israelites wanted in their King because He leads us in the battle against our enemy. David acted as a champion of Israel when He defeated Goliath, Jesus is our Champion because of His defeat of the enemy, the Devil on our behalf.
What functions did the Priest fulfill?
The Priests were appointed on behalf of human beings to represent them and mediate their relationship with God and the things pertaining to Him. The priest knows how we can offer “acceptable” sacrifices to God. The Priests taught the law of God to the people and they had the responsibility of blessing people in the name of Yahweh.
Why is Jesus our High Priest?
Jesus is our High Priest because He performs the functions of the High Priest, He paid the acceptable sacrifice, He mediates us to the Father, His character and teachings are there for us to learn the law of God and others.
Why are we called “a royal priesthood”?
This is because we perform many of the functions of the Priest. We approach God in His sanctuary, we approach God through prayer in confidence, God wants us to teach and explain God’s precepts and teachings to others. He also wants us to make sacrifices of praise and good works.
How does Jesus mediate a better covenant?
Jesus mediates a better covenant because the first covenant was only pointing to the better covenant which was to be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The later covenant is better because what the sacrificial lambs could pay, Jesus paid in full, and now it is through Him that we are saved from our sins. The old covenant was only pointing to the better covenant to come which is now fulfilled.
The Message to the Hebrews was a message of encouragement telling them to be faithful amidst the trials they were facing. This condition is similar to that of the Israelites because just before crossing the promised land their faith was tested. Although the Israelites fell, Paul’s advice to the Hebrews was for them not to fall, and He backed them up with the hope we all have in Jesus and Christ’s position and power. I pray that we all stay faithful till the end in Jesus’ name.