9 It was after he had proved himself perfect in this experience that Jesus became the Giver of eternal salvation to all those who obey him. 10 For remember that God has chosen him to be a High Priest with the same rank as Melchizedek.
11 There is much more I would like to say along these lines, but you don’t seem to listen, so it’s hard to make you understand.
What does a priest do? The priest would enter into the holy place in God’s house and offer a sacrifice, a lamb would be sacrificed for the sins of the people. Jesus as priest not only offers a sacrifice for the sins of the people, Jesus is the sacrifice; He has offered his own life. The life of Jesus was such a great sacrifice that after Jesus, no other sacrifice would ever be needed. A few verses before 5:9-11 we read, “15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
There are 7.5 billion people and 196 countries in the world. How do we start to pray for them? Start with one nation; one that stirs your heart or catches your attention.