January 18, 2015 Sunday School Commentary
Jesus Intercedes for Us
Bible Background- Hebrews 4
Highlighted Text – Hebrews 4:14-5:10
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Our Sunday School lessons for the month thus far have given us a clear picture of a model for prayer and how Jesus applied the model and prayed. This week’s lesson reminds us that because we serve a merciful and gracious God, he sent us a high priest. Jesus our high priest will remain forever to intercede for us as we struggle in our daily lives.
Jesus The High Priest (Hebrews 4: 14-16)
In, Hebrews 4:14-16 we are reminded that we are to stand strong in the profession of our faith that Jesus is the Son of God. The writer goes on to explain that Jesus understands us, because He was tempted as we were yet without sin. Jesus can empathize with our temptation and our struggles, but He experienced them without sinning against his Father (v15). Jesus sits at the right hand of the father and because he is our high priest, we can approach God’s throne boldly. No longer, do we petition anyone else for forgiveness of sins, but we go through our High Priest, Jesus Christ to get to our God.
Nugget: When you face dilemmas in life who do you cast your cares on?
Jesus Compared to Earthly High Priest (Hebrews 5:1-5)
Hebrews 5:1-5 was used to compare Jesus as a high priest to the earthly high priest. Under the Mosaic law it was custom for each high priest to come from the lineage of Aaron. The priest represented the people in front of God and once a year, the priest would enter the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the sins of himself and the people. Jesus became our high priest as his life became the sacrifice for our sins and provided our gateway to God.
Nugget: The price has already been paid, are you reaping the benefits?
Jesus and Melchizedek High Priest Forever (Hebrews 5:6-10)
Melchizedek was referenced in the book of Genesis as the king of Salem and “priest and of the Most High God” (Genesis 14:17-20). The writer of Hebrews makes the connection that Jesus’ priesthood is not after the order of Aaron, but of Melchizedek. He is thought to be a shadow of Christ as his life represents a combination of kingship and priesthood. As Jesus is the Lord of our lives he remains in the position of king and priest forever. Even during his days on Earth, Jesus remained faithful and obedient to his father. During his times of struggle he learned obedience and became the author of eternal salvation to those that obey him.
Nugget: How is your obedience to God positioning you for greatness?
Isn’t it good news to know that we have a high priest forever? Moreover, isn’t it wonderful to serve Christ, who knows what it feels like to have struggles and be tempted? I encourage you as you walk though life daily to remember that because we have a high priest that sits at the right hand of the father and makes intercession for us, we can stand firm in knowing that great is the Lord’s mercy and grace toward us! We serve a savior who is on our side! Let us walk daily in his grace and share his grace with others.
Commentary by Minister Tracy Robinson – Lesson guide by Direction by Urban Ministries