Hebrews’ writer comes to a place of conclusion here in order to encourage us. He gives us three action points: to feel comfortable in approaching God, to feel confident in our faith, and to encourage others. The first two are personal, but they must be played out in the community.
Sometimes, religious people get frustrated because they cannot live in the holy manner they wish. And sometimes, religious people judge those who live outside of the church’s influence. This frustration and improper judgement materializes because of not understanding that Jesus is the only valid sacrifice that satisfies God’s demands.
It is possible to be trapped in the shadow of church, priests, and rules instead of living in the hope-giving light of Jesus. All other choices of true worship have been removed. Jesus is the only one to offer hope in grace.
Jesus is a better priest. In comparison to the old covenant and the old priests who could only make a temporary sacrifice, Jesus is such a better priest because His sacrifice was one time and took care of all confessed sin, making a way to draw near to God.
What is the diagnosis of our problem? Hebrews finally tells the reader to beware that they may be dull of hearing. Do we listen, really listen to God?
Where is the source of your salvation? Jesus is eternal, honorable, and complete in being the eternal source of salvation. He offers it to you…
Who is your priest? While it does make sense for a person to be fearful in a religion where the priest must constantly make sacrifices and dole out punishments, with faith placed in the Great High Priest, Jesus, you can release your fear and anxiety knowing the Jesus has made a permanent sacrifice.
The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword, and He is able to discern your thoughts and intentions. However, this is not a bad thing. By cooperating with God, you can be empowered to address the motivations of your heart, both positive and negative.
Jesus frees us from the fear of death and He does not give us the spirit of fear; however, today’s passage tells us to live in a form of fear. This must be healthy or God would not tell us to live this way. So what is it?
Slavery is a horrible institution that is still damaging cultures around the world. Spiritual slavery is even more widely spread and similarly as dangerous. How do we receive power to break free from this slavery?