Title: Jesus Christ, Our High Priest
Text: Hebrews 5:1-10
Purpose: By studying these verses we are reminded that: Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the qualifications for the kind of high priest
that we all need.
Speaker: Bishop Jake Givan, Jr. D. Min.
Date: March 28, 2021
We begin here in Hebrews the major section of the book that runs through chapter 10, on Jesus as our high priest. As I pointed out
in the introductory message, Hebrews is the only book in the New Testament to teach that Jesus is our high priest.
This is one of the most important spiritual truths that you can learn: Growth in the Christian life requires gaining a clearer
understanding of who God is and who you are, which drives you in desperation to the cross of Jesus Christ. This is why Paul
gloried in the cross (Gal. 6:14): he saw God as the one who dwells in unapproachable light, he saw himself as the chief of sinners,
and he saw the cross as the place where he found mercy (1 Tim. 6:16; 1:14-16).
If you want to know the significance of this central theme of the Book of Hebrews, you must ask God for a clearer understanding of
His absolute holiness and majesty, and for a deeper insight into your own sinfulness and uncleanness apart from Christ. This will lead
you into a deeper appreciation of what Jesus did for you on the cross as the high priest who entered the holy place, not with the
blood of bulls and goats, but with His own blood (9:11-14). And you will find that a deeper appreciation of God’s holiness, your own
sinfulness, and the sufficiency of Christ’s sacrifice is one of the most practical doctrines in the Bible, because it humbles your pride.
Pride is at the root of every relational conflict and just about any sin that you can name.
With that as an introduction, I am again going to follow the Puritan method of first explaining the doctrine and then giving its “use,”
or application. The theme of our text is:
Jesus Christ perfectly fulfills the qualifications for the kind of high priest that we all need.
1. The qualifications for human high priests were to mediate between men and God, to sympathize with his fellow sinners,
and to be called by God to the office (5:1-4).
A. The work of the high priest: As a mediator, he offers gifts and sacrifices for sins on behalf of men in things
pertaining to God (5:1).
B. The identification of the high priest with the people: He can sympathize with them, since he is a fellow sinner
C. The appointment of the high priest: He does not take it upon himself but must be called by God (5:4).
2. Jesus perfectly fulfills and exceeds the qualifications for the high priest (5:5-10).
A. The appointment of Jesus as high priest: He did not take it upon Himself, but God appointed Him as a priest
according to the order of Melchizedek (5:5-6).
B. The identification of Jesus, our high priest, with us: He prayed and learned obedience through what He suffered
C. The work of Jesus, the perfect high priest: He is the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him (5:9-10).
1. If our sin is so hideous that God required nothing less than the death of His perfect, sinless Son as the only solution, then
we would be foolish to think that any human solution will suffice.
2. If God’s wrath against sin is so dreadful, then we need to flee to the cross for refuge and daily live with gratitude that
Jesus bore our penalty on the cross.
3. Obedient faith is the only kind of faith that saves.
4. Prayer and obedient faith are inextricably linked.
5. God’s love for us does not preclude His taking us through great trials.
6. Feeling deep emotions during trials is not wrong, but we must submit our emotions to the will of God.
7. Even as God answered Christ’s prayers for deliverance through death and resurrection, so He sometimes answers our
prayers in ways that seem contradictory to our request.
Anyone that is not saved must read this book because they too can have access to God the Father but only through Jesus Christ
(John 6:44; Acts 4:12) and have the peace of God (Rom 5:1) by having the wrath of God removed since it has been placed on Him
already (2 Cor 5:21) so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16-17). If you refuse this once-and-for-all sacrifice, you will forever
be condemned (John 3:18) and you will have to face the wrath of God on judgment day (Rev 20:11-15). Think about that because
your eternal future hinges on that decision and could be decided this very day if you were to die or Christ were to return before you
make that decision (2 Cor 6:2).
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