Tuesday, November 23, 2021

2021.11.23 Hopewell @Home ▫ Hebrews 4:14–16

Read Hebrews 4:14–16 

Questions from the Scripture text: Who is our great High Priest ( Hebrews 4:14)? Through what has He passed? To what, then, should we hold fast? What do we not have, according to Hebrews 4:15? Like whom was Jesus tempted? In how many points was He tempted as we are? What is the difference between Jesus’ response to temptation and ours? To where, then, should we come (Hebrews 4:16)? In what manner should we come to the throne? What kind of throne is it for us? What do we hope to obtain and find at the throne? When should we come to the throne of grace for mercy and grace? 

Next week’s Call to Worship, Prayer for Help, and Song of Adoration come from Hebrews 4:14–16, so that we may see that we are singing God’s thoughts after Him with Behold the Throne of Grace! 

In this Scripture, we see that we must hold fast to our confession of Jesus as our High Priest—that is, to hold fast to Jesus Himself. We do so because He is worthy, and because we are needy. 

First, He is worthy. Jesus is the Son of God (Hebrews 4:14), and so there is no more powerful or glorious High Priest possible. 

Jesus is able to sympathize with our weakness, with our neediness, so there is no more appropriate High Priest possible. He was made like us in every way, and in all points tempted as we are. 

And, Jesus is sinless, so there is no more effective High Priest possible. He does not have sin of His own to cleanse, and He offers Himself as the actual perfect sacrifice. The unspottedness of the former sacrifices could only hint at that perfection which is a reality in Christ. Whatever Jesus does on our behalf in glory is always effective. 

Second, He is gracious. In our union with Christ, we come together all the way to the throne of glory. What do we find there? That the throne of glory is for us a throne of grace. Our Mediator, our great High Priest, is not bowed down before the throne. He is seated upon it! 

The wonder of all of this is that we do not have to wait until we are strong or pure to go there. And that is good, because right now is our time of need. Right now is when we need mercy. Right now is when we need grace. Right now is when we need help. And right now, already, we may come. 

When and how do we do that? Every time that we pray, we do that. But we especially do it when we are together, gathered as His church, gathered as those who confess Him together. 

Which do you forget about most easily: Jesus’ power, sympathy, or sinlessness? How will you go about learning and reminding yourself of it, to help you hold fast to Him? 

Sample prayer: O Lord Jesus, You are worthy! You are God from all eternity, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Spirit, one God from everlasting to everlasting. And You humbled Yourself to become like us in every way, except without sin. How marvelous that You can sympathize with our weakness! Indeed, weak we are. And wicked. Yet, through Your blood our guilt has been eliminated. And, in Your divine life and resurrection power, we have abundant provision for all our need. So, help us by Your Spirit to make liberal use of Your throne of grace, and grant us the faith to know You Yourself there, in Your gracious provision, which we ask in Your Name, AMEN! 

Suggested songs: ARP183 “Under His Wings” or TPH522 “Behold, the Throne of Grace!”

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