Reprinted from the January 2014 issue of “Gospel Advocate” Magazine.
A university student responded to the Lord’s invitation with this confession and request: “I have been struggling to stay on the strait [sic] and narrow way. I have let worldly views get to me, and I need prayers to be the Christian I know I should be. I finally realized I cannot do this by myself, and I need help.” The student eloquently expressed our greatest need: the grace of God. Specifically, we need His forgiveness for our past, His strength for our present, and His guidance for our future. These are the promises of the marvelous text we now consider: Hebrews 4:14-16.
We Have a Savior
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession” (Hebrews 4:14 NASB). Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15). Because of His sinless life, sacrificial death, triumphant resurrection and thrilling ascension through the heavens, our exalted Savior has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 1:3; 12:2), where He serves as our perfect High Priest.
God appointed Old Testament priests to serve as His mediators with Israel. Only the high priest could stand between God and His people and offer a blood sacrifice for their sins once a year on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). He would bring the blood of a goat through the outer court, through the Holy Place, and into the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle/temple, sprinkling the atoning blood on the mercy seat before the glory of God (Leviticus 16).