Our Great High Priest


Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14-16

It is altogether fitting that the text shifts from warning against falling away, to the piercing power of the Word of God, to our Great Hight Priest Jesus, for our author has been warning and encouraging his readers to hang on to their faith through a time of great trial lest they should perish. Think about it: They were being told to endure a really horrible time in history, Christians were being burned alive for fun and amusement, and the author is telling the people to endure that rather than turn their backs on God: Yikes!

There is a huge difference between unbelief, turning our backs on God and making an error or committing a sin.  The error part, the sin part is not problem, for we have a great High Priest!  Since Jesus, our “big brother” has ascended into heaven where He is our high priest who makes intercession for us with God, we must, and we can hold onto our faith.  Jesus, who makes intercession for us with God, has endured every temptation; He knows what it’s like to be a weak human, so He will understand and intercede for us.

Do you see how encouraging this must have been for those brothers and sisters who first heard this?  Isn’t it pretty encouraging for us now?  Do I hear an “Amen”?

With this in mind, the next step is to approach the throne of grace with confidence!  Why? Because we know who our High Priest is, there is nothing to fear… We can remain in our faith and seek forgiveness when we fall short; there is no need to give up and turn our backs on God, thinking that our case is hopeless.

This may be the best news ever for a Saturday afternoon!

Grace, mercy…Jesus!


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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12 Responses to Our Great High Priest

  1. paulfg says:

    Don, easy enough to sit here in the comfort of my home and computer screen reading “faithfully”, nodding “righteously”, the amen of simple agreement – and then be stopped in tracks – one comfort zone zapped with your words: “Christians were being burned alive for fun and amusement”.

    Now re-run this passage, these words, this message! Yikes indeed! Encouragement? small understatement there.

    Thank you for that short sentence. Reality check deffo welcomed in these wonderful journeys of simplicity.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thanks Paul, and boy do you raise a great point! Yes, it is easy to read these words and get all warm and fuzzy, but when we remind ourselves of the situation they were sent into; wow! It’s a jolt! And to think of the things we complain about, and struggle with compared to what they had to deal with… ouch! Makes me think I’ve got a lot of growing up to do right when I thought I’d “arrived.”

  2. Pam says:

    This reminds me of the fact that Jesus is our Kinsman-Redeemer. Because Jesus walked in the flesh as you stated in your blog, He was able to feel everything that we have and will go through. He is our kinsman because He walked in the flesh. He connected Himself with humanity. He became our redeemer because He was able to redeem us from our bondage of sin. He paid the price for us by giving Himself for our sins. He paid the penalty for our sins. Instead of us having to die for our wrong doings, He died in our place–our substitute.

    What a marvelous, compassionate, all inspiring God we serve! Amen to that!

  3. Elaine says:

    Amen! Great post!

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  5. Citizen Tom says:

    It is funny. Everywhere I turn these days I find someone going over the Book of Hebrew. That includes my Bible study group, listening to J. Vernon McGee’s 5-year Bible study, my pastor’s sermon series, and now your posts. Obviously, there is something in that book God wants me to know. 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      I think we can all say that. I’m glad to hear that it is being taught more these days, since it has been seldom taught for so long, and is still rare in some circles

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