BCL Grow: Our High Priest — Hebrews 4:14-16
Hebrews 4:14-16 (Redemption)
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. — Hebrews 4:14-16
"As He was born to die, so did He die that He might atone, and rise that He might justify freely all who take refuge in Him. His birth and His death are history. His appearance at the mercy seat is not history past, but a present, continuing fact, to the instructed Christian the most glorious fact his trusting heart can entertain.” — A.W. Tozer, The Radical Cross: Living the Passion of Christ, p. 12.
Steps to Take
1. Answer: Which historical fact of Jesus do you hear about the most—his birth, death, resurrection, or ascension to heaven?
2. Remember: The resurrection and ascension are vital to the Christian faith. Without Christ alive and in heaven, there would be no salvation attained for his people. Our hope would be dead in a tomb.
3. Rejoice: Christ stands before the Father in heaven as our High Priest. His presence there is a constant reminder to believers that in Christ our sins are forgiven, our righteousness granted, and our preservation assured. Christ knows our struggles and welcomes us to pour our hearts out to him who gives us his mercy and love.
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