Monday, January 22, 2018

2018.01.22 Hopewell @Home ▫ Hebrews 7:20-25

Questions for Littles: Who wasn’t Jesus made priest without (v20)? What did the others become priest without (v21a)? Who swore an oath to Jesus that He would be priest forever (21b)? Who has become surety of our covenant (v22)? Of what kind of covenant has He become surety for us? Why were there many priests in the previous covenant (v23)? Who continues forever (v24)? Why is Jesus’s priesthood unchangeable? Who is able to save those who come to God through Him (v25a)? How completely is He able to save them (v25b)? Why is He able to save them to the uttermost? 
The Scripture for the sermon this week reminded us again of how Jesus was made our Great High Priest with the solemn oath that the Lord swore in Psalm 110. That, of course, took us back to 6:13-20, where we learned that this swearing of an oath is for our sakes, because God wants us to be sure and confident about Christ.

This week’s passage built upon that, repeating the part about the oath at both the start and end of the passage, and pointing to Jesus as our surety. That word means that if it is through Jesus that we have come to God, then Jesus is the One who backs us up in our relationship with God!

So Jesus’s priesthood is firm.

And it is forever.

That might not sound revolutionary to us, but it certainly was so to the Hebrews who went from one high priest, to another, to another. Why? Because they kept dying!

But even when the Lord Jesus had died on account of all of our sins, He couldn’t stay dead. He was raised from the dead on account of our having been made right with God. And He can never die again.

Therefore, He is able to save us completely—He cannot fail to save us, and nothing else can stop Him. Why? Not just because of how long He is living, but also because of what He’s doing with that forever-life: interceding for us.

Jesus didn’t just die for us once. He is living for us. Forever! And there is nothing surer than that.

Beloved, you can be confident in Him. Hallelujah!
Into what uncertain situation do you need this reminder of Jesus’s sure salvation?
Suggested Songs: ARP110B “The Lord Has Spoken to My Lord” or HB368 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”

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