Jesus, our faithful High Priest!
Scripture reading for October 31st: Hebrews 2:1-18
“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1) The writer of Hebrews is addressing those Jews who have suffered great persecution and are being tempted to return to their old ways of Judaism. God spoke in the past to the nation of Israel through the prophets, but now He is speaking to this generation and during these last days to us all through His Son. If we don’t listen carefully and hear the truth of what He is saying, we will surely drift away into darkness!
“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.” (Hebrews 2:3-4) We can learn about this salvation by listening to the Lord and those who actually heard Him in person. God is also speaking now confirming their word with signs, miracles and spiritual gifts. God will hold us accountable for what we have heard and seen.
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9) Jesus created the world and all that the universe contained. God sent Him to become a man and share in man’s suffering and death. Because of Jesus’ perfect obedience, He tasted death for all men and was raised in glory. He delivered us from our fear of death by taking our punishment for sin. He is our brother and calls us who trust in Him ‘brothers’.
“For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17) Jesus’ death destroyed the devil’s power to hold men in fear! Now Jesus has offered His blood as our faithful High Priest to atone for our sins. He is a man who has suffered and can intercede for us. We must not drift away from these truths!