Hebrews – God’s Action in Jesus
“You cannot imagine what I am going through right now!” We make this statement to others in defense of our life’s actions. “You don’t know my life, you don’t know where I’ve been and what I’ve had to endure.” We either cry out in our thoughts and sometimes audibly to whoever will listen. Sometimes we believe that no one knows, cares or has a clue about “our reality”.
But Someone does. This Someone knows suffering. This Someone knows pain. “He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin.” This Someone is in touch with our reality. He created us. He understands what we are going through, knows exactly what we need at the right time and place and cares for us more than we can imagine.
HE is the Source of our salvation. Jesus is the One and Only who can rescue and save us, lead us through it and help us reach to finish line to his grace and mercy. It is Jesus who is truly in touch with our reality. He will free us, who believe and obey, and lead us straight to the throne of God. Jesus. Only Jesus.
“So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.”
Jesus is “the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.”
Our next passage is the explanation, “the meat” if you will, of God’s action in Jesus as our advocate, our Savior and Lord. Read and be blessed, knowing we have Someone who knows us well, knows what we are going through, knows what we need and is ready to give it…when we surrender.
Take the mercy, accept the help.
Hebrews 4/5, The Message
The High Priest Who Cried Out in Pain
14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
1-3 Every high priest selected to represent men and women before God and offer sacrifices for their sins should be able to deal gently with their failings, since he knows what it’s like from his own experience. But that also means that he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins as well as the peoples’.
4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.”
7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I have no regrets in saying yes to You. When others try to tell me what is wrong, you come and tell what is right and save me from myself and others. You gently pull me to Your side and turn me in the right direction of thinking and behaving. I will always need your help in every detail of my own reality. Thank you for being the Source of our salvation…forever.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.
And I will always sing,
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”