The Perfect High Priest, Our Help in Time of Need

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:14-16

Insight

How are you? Work? Marriage? Family/Kids? Physically?

How is your walk with the Lord? When was the last time you really had a sense of His presence? Knew He was talking to you?

There is great news! We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need.

Connecting verses:

  • Hebrews 2:17-3:6

  • “High Priest” mentioned 11 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “confession” mentioned 5 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Jesus” mentioned 13 times in the book of Hebrews

  • “Son” mentioned 15 times in the book of Hebrews

The Importance of the High Priest in the lives of the Hebrews:

  • appointed by God as the mediator between Himself and the people

  • only the High Priest could offer the highest sacrifice under the old covenant; once a year on the day of Atonement

  • all the sins of the people were brought symbolically to the Holy of Holies where blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat as a sacrifice to atone for them

  • he represented God before the people and the people before God

  • before he could offer for the people he had to make an offering for himself and his time was limited in the Holy of Holies

    • had to pass through 3 areas in the tabernacle or the temple

      • door of the outer court

      • through another door into the Holy Place

      • through the veil into the Holy of Holies

    • he did not sit down or delay; as soon as the sacrifice was made, he left and would not return for another year

What difference does having a great High Priest make?

HOLD FAST TO THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS (vv. 14b-15)

  • “hold fast” - arrest, seize, hold firmly

    • hold on to what we believe not set it down to worry, vent, or rage, but hold firmly to it because He understands and can get you through.

      • “sympathetic” - touched with feelings; feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune

      • “empathetic” - ability to understand and share the feelings of another

      • “weakness” - sickness; disease

DRAW NEAR TO THE ONE WHO HELPS (v. 16)

  • The Throne of Grace

    • “with confidence”

      • boldly with a sense of frankness

    • “so that”

      • We may receive what we so desperately need (mercy, compassion, pity)

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Are you in need? In need of help?

    • Everyone is in need of greater surrender; greater awareness of the Lord

    • We have a Perfect High Priest who is Himself our help in time of need