Jesus: Great High Priest!
Scripture reading for October 19th: Hebrews 4
The Old Testament Jews failed to enter the rest of faith because of unbelief. They hardened their hearts and disobeyed God and did not enter the promised land by resting in faith in God’s promises. They tried to achieve favor with God through works of their own and keeping the Law. They did not simply trust in the promise of God.
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God: for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from His. Let us , therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9-11) Jesus Christ is our Sabbath-rest. He finished the work necessary for salvation and offered His blood, once for all. All who believe in Him will be saved and enter His rest.
“Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has gone through the heavens, 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 sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who had been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet without sin. Let us then approach the 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) We can rest in confidence that Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, will give us the mercy and grace we need to find rest in His promises! We can ask boldly and receive!