What Does Hebrews 4:14 Mean?

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

Hebrews 4:14(NASB)
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Verse Thoughts

Not only is Jesus our Saviour and King, our Prophet and Lord but He has also become our great High priest. Jesus is God's anointed high priest, through Whom we have been made fit to approach the grand and awesome throne of the most high God. His high priestly position is a heavenly one and it is a position that is so much more superior than the earthly Levitical order that came through Moses.

Christ's high priestly role is a continuous, eternal, spiritual headship. He is our perfect Priest, Who by virtue of His own spotless sacrificial life-blood, which streamed over the heavenly mercy-seat, has once-and-for-all atoned for all our sins - forever.

He was born for this priestly role and anointed as God's great high priest by the Holy Spirit, Who rested on Him in the likeness of a Dove at His baptism. His exquisite position was further confirmed by the thunderous voice of the Almighty God saying: This is My Beloved Son - listen to Him.

The Lord Jesus is the ultimate and final Word of God. He is the incarnate Word, Who took upon Himself human flesh, and as our great high, heavenly Priest He is interceding day and night for the Church, which is His Body. Jesus is the only Mediator between man and God and He is the only one who can defend our case, when the accusational finger of the evil one is pointing at you or at me.

No wonder we are urged by the writer to the Hebrews to HOLD FAST to our confession - to keep a firm grip on our trust in Christ's finished Work; to believe all God has said through His Word; to unreservedly remain firm to His Truth - and to boldly approach the throne of grace. For it is only and ultimately through Jesus, the Son of God that we can find grace to help in time of need, for His grace is sufficient; His office if efficacious and His loving-mercy is everlasting.

My Prayer

Father Your plans and purposes for me are staggering. I can scarce take in that You Yourself should come as my Saviour and High Priest, so that I can approach You on Your great and gracious throne of grace. Keep me ever mindful of this amazing privilege. Open my ears to hear Your voice and cleanse my heart to pray into Your will, for my brothers and sisters in need, and for a lost and dying world who needs a ' kinsman redeemer'. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ Your only begotten Son, and my great high heavenly priest, AMEN.

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