Better Than All the Rest
To swap the better for the lesser is always foolish, and Christians have a better priest than any other priest.
A Better Priesthood
Hebrews has told us that Jesus Christ is a priest after the order of Melchizedek, but who is this Melchizedek? In this passage we learn who he is, and especially how he points us to the superiority of Christ above all other priests.
Hope Has a Name
There are things with which we are willing to part ways in this life, but then there are other things to which we hold on. In this passage, we see a call to hold on the hope set before us.
Mature Audiences Only
We expect infants to be immature, but it’s weird when an adult is. In this passage we see the call to maturity, and not only the weirdness, but the danger, of remaining in immaturity.
Eternal Salvation from an Eternal Priest
We often appoint others to act on our behalf when we know we need help. In this passage, we see we need help in relation to God, and God has appointed Jesus as the eternal high priest to help us in relation to Him.
Confidence in our Great High Priest
Because we have a great high priest, we have confidence to approach the throne of God.
Fear and Striving
We typically view fear of failure as a bad thing, but there is a healthy version of it held out to us in this passage: Let a fear of failing to enter God’s rest work in you a striving to enter God’s rest.
Fighting Unbelief with Exhortation
Unbelief is like a spiritual disease we must constantly fight with mutual exhortation.
Worthy of Consideration
Our minds are constantly active, but what is worthy of our thoughts? Jesus himself is, and we must consider him if we are to make it from grace to glory.
The Way to Glory
We talk a lot about maximizing our potential, but what is our potential as humans? In this passage we see that we were created for a kind of glory, and Jesus is the way to it.
Pay Close Attention
We hear a lot of messages, many of which are not worthy of our close attention. But what message is worthy of such close attention? The message of salvation declared by Jesus.
God’s Ultimate Word
Throughout history, God has spoken at many times and in many ways, and many others have as well. But in this passage, we learn there is one ultimate word of God, and God has now spoken it.