Jesus Christ, Our Great High Priest

Jesus Christ—–Our High Priest

Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter 7

As we study this Book of Hebrews we should not forget the Lord has a purpose for every word of this Bible.

These Hebrew believers, when converted to Christianity were suffering much persecution not only from the world but from their own old friends and family.

That’s the reason Jesus says He will be our friend and we can be in His family!

They had lost all their property and suffered public ridicule because of their faith!

That’s the reason Jesus says to earn the things of Heaven that can never be lost!

It is a fact that many of them were discouraged!

We must all realize that Our Lord Jesus Christ is alive today.

Jesus died BUT He arose from the dead and He is now in His greatest ministry!

Jesus Christ has been shown to be superior to all the doctrine of the Old Testament because He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

He is superior to the prophets.

He is superior to the angels.

He is superior to Moses.

He is superior to Aaron.

Jesus Christ is at the heart of the doctrine of this Book of Hebrews.

The entire Bible was given to us to show the superiority of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is the Bible that separates Christianity from all religions.

Christianity is not a religion, IT IS SIMPLY THE TRUTH!

Jesus was sinless and therefore able to pay our sin debt!

Jesus is now in the presence of Our Father to intercede on our behalf!

Jesus will endure forever, so we can endure forever!

Jesus is Holy, Jesus is Innocent, Jesus is undefiled, Jesus is separate from all sin, Jesus is exalted to Heaven, and Jesus is our High Priest!

As our permanent High Priest, who also was made the propitiation of our sin, Jesus has shown us that He will always be a part of each believer!

Our Savior is alive, no religion can makes this claim!

There is no other sacrifice that Jesus will make for our sin!

There is only judgment that will come from being disobedient to His Words!

Jesus Christ provides a complete salvation!

This group of Hebrew believers had to decide how this Book of Hebrews was going to affect their lives and we should also.

Our Text:

Heb 7:1 [For] this Melchisedec, [king of Salem, priest of the most high God], who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

The word “for” reminds us of Hebrews 6:20:

Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

We have seen many “types” in our study of the Bible and Melchisedec is another “type” of Christ for us to learn from.

It was way back in the Book of Genesis where we met this Melchisedec:

Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek [king of Salem] brought forth bread and wine: and [he was the priest of the most high God].

In the Old Testament, in the time of kings, the Throne of the King of Israel and the Levitical Priesthood were separated.

In fact no Israelite ever held the position of King-Priest!

No one but a descendant of Levi in particularly Aaron, could hold the office of the Levitical order of High Priest!

Abraham had been called of God to leave his home in what is now Iraq. It was full of pagan worship then and it is still full of false religion in our day.

Abraham was sent to look for a city that was built by The Lord!

Abraham was not sent to look for a city built by Allah!

Abraham would never have met Melchisedec had he not obeyed the Lord!

Not one of us will ever come to know the King of Kings, and the Prince of Peace, The Lord Jesus Christ, until we are willing to leave all pagan vain religions and all the bondage of our sinful past.

We should also note that this meeting with Melchisedec occurred as Abraham was returning from the defence of his family

God expects us to defend our families from those of this evil world that would cause us harm!

AND, We see that Melchisedec was not some counterfeit priest!

Melchisedec was truly a priest of the Most High God and he fulfilled his duties as a priest in the city of Salem at that time!

*****Heb 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

We can see that “tithing” was in place for at least 500 years before the Law of Moses!

Tithing then is not a law BUT it is a principle of God!

God provides 100% our needs and only requires ten percent in return to Him!

The word “tithe” means a tenth!

The Bible states that Melchisedec was a King of Peace!

Melchisedec was a King of Righteousness!

Melchisedec was truly a Priests of the Most High God!

SO, What is the meaning of the name Melchisedec!

1.) The Hebrew word “Melek”, which means “king”

2.) The Hebrew word “tsedek” which means “righteousness”

So the name Melchisedek means King of Righteousness.

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words to Israel:

Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The prophet Isaiah wrote these words:

Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

All these things will be fulfilled at the Second Coming of Our Lord!

For He is the true King of Righteousness!

For He is the true King of Peace!

For He is truly our Great High Priest of the Most High God!

In the Book of Genesis it says that when Melchisedec came to Abraham, he also brought bread and wine.

The Bible says of Jesus in the Book of Mark:

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
Mar 14:23 And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
Mar 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

We can see again that there so many things we can learn from the Old Testament.

BUT, There are only three verses about Melchisedec in the Old Testament.

SO, Every Word of God is important!

*****Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Heb 7:4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

Melchisedec was just a man but we have no record of a father or mother but he had to have a father and a mother!

There is no record of his genealogy!

There is no record of his birth nor his death!

We know that almost all great men of the Bible have a written record of their birth and their death!

AND, It was especially important for a priest to prove his ancestry.

It is not that Melchisedec did not have these things, it is that we have no written record of these things!

Melchisedec was not an angel!

He was real man, who was a real king, and who was a real priest of the Most High God!

This is the picture or a “type” of what we should see in our Great High Priest!

Jesus Christ did die BUT That cross was not His ending because He arose from that death and lives eternally!

When these things are applied to this message to these Hebrew believers, neither Aaron nor his descendants could claim to have an endless ministry!

They could also never claim to be King and Priest!

There is only one who could fulfill all these things and His name is Jesus, a name above all other names.

The Only Begotten Son of God!

In the words of Jesus:

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

*****Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

The Jewish people believe strongly in “racial solidarity”.

They were taught this by the Word of God.

Aaron and his descendants had not yet been born but would truly be formed in the loins of Abraham.

So, if Abraham acknowledged Melchisedec then they should have too.

If Abraham paid tithes then they should not object to paying tithes to the Priests of God.

Our Lord Jesus existed before the time of Abraham so this did not involve Him except to note that in His flesh He was of the line of Abraham:

Jesus said:

Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
Joh 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, [I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am].

*****Heb 7:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, [and blessed him that had the promises].
Heb 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

Melchisedec was not from the line of Abraham and could not have come from the tribe Levi!

Melchisedec was truly a Gentile who was a king and priest of the Most High God!

We also see here that it was Melchisedek that blesses Abraham!

BUT, We need to realize that this Book of Hebrews is not comparing Melchisedec with the person of Christ Jesus!

IT IS, comparing Melchisedec in his role as priest only!

The point to be made here is that Melchisedec in his role as king-priest was in fact superior to the Levitical Priesthood of Aaron and his descendants.

The Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus is much greater than the priesthood of Aaron and his descendants AND, it is also eternal!

Abraham brought tithes to this man and received a blessing but he also received things to meet his needs, the wine and the bread!

These things also have a deeper spiritual meaning that we will have to take up at some other time!

We should also see that blessings do come to those that obey the Lord in tithing to the church!

*****Heb 7:8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
Heb 7:9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.
Heb 7:10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

Levitical tithing was based on a legal obligation under the law BUT here we see that Abraham’s act of tithing was voluntary and spontaneous.

The Levitical priesthood was supported by God’s people by law.

The Church is to be supported by God’s people!

This Melchisedec had no rights under the law to receive tithes. So Abraham’s actions puts Melchisedek’s type of priesthood on another level from the priesthood of Aaron.

The Levitical priesthood did not bring blessings.

The Levitical priesthood never brought perfection.

The Levitical priesthood never gave redemption or acceptance of God to the people.

God blessed Israel because of the promises He made to Abraham!

AND, Because there was a New Covenant there also had to be a New Priesthood!

Melchisedec was a “type” of that new priesthood.

AND, Here again as a “type” of Christ, as we receive blessings because of the promises of God and those blessings are from His eternal High Priest!

*****Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

It should be understood that God would not begin a new priesthood without terminating the old priesthood.

God will not ever continue in a system that does not bring perfection!

For the old Levitical priesthood to be abolished, the foundation which was the law had to be replaced!

The covenant made with Moses at Sinai was a conditional covenant!

The teaching, that salvation depends on our ability to keep a set of rules are called by the Bible, moral commands, that can never bring us spiritual maturity!

We know that The Lord Jesus came from the tribe of Judah not the priestly tribe of Levi so the priesthood had to be changed!

*****Heb 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

Since Jesus came from the family of David, the tribe of Judah, it would have been impossible for him to assume the office of a Levitical priest!

If Jesus Christ is to be a priest it would have to be a different order and this is why He was appointed by His Father as a priest in order of Melchisedec and not in order of Aaron!

*****Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Heb 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus Christ became a priest by His resurrection from the dead and His ascension back to Heaven.

Jesus Christ has an endless life!

The order which Christ was appointed will never be terminated!

If it cannot be terminated then it must be superior to what was before it!

The Scripture points out that this is also a fulfillment of prophecy!

Psa 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Scriptures point out that today we should not attempt to draw near to God by the old and temporary and unprofitable ways of the Law but through the “new order” instituted by Christ’s appointment as High Priest!

That New Order is by “Grace”!

The law could make nothing perfect!

BUT, Jesus is the perfect priest!

God has taken us out of Adam and put us in Christ:

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

We are no longer joined to the sin of Adam but are joined to a sinless living Christ!

*****Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
Heb 7:23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
Heb 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

Got not only fulfilled prophecy but he made an oath!

No priest in order of Aaron was ever ordained and established on the basis of God’s personal oath!

Jesus Christ’s heavenly priesthood was established by his work on the cross!

The word surety in verse 22, means that the terms of this agreement will be carried out!

Jesus Christ is God’s surety!

1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

In verse 22 we also see the word “testament”. This word is usually translated “covenant” but here it is used as the equivalent to a last will and testament.

God changed the priesthood because:

1.) The priesthood and the law were not perfect.

2.) This priesthood could not continue forever.

3.) God had sworn by an “oath” that there would be a new priesthood!

4.) AND, God always does what He says He will do!

The Levitical priesthood was always interrupted by the death of the High Priest.

The Church has only One High Priest and He will live forever!

The Bible says, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever!

*****Heb 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost [that come unto God by him], (seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them).

The Lord Jesus Christ is not dead, but He Is Alive!

He is not Jesus that was on this Earth!

He is Our Great High Priests that sits at the right hand of God!

That sin-free body of flesh has passed away in payment for our sins!

It is the “Lord of Glory” that is now alive and interceding for those that know Him as God!

He died down here on Earth to save us BUT He Lives In Heaven To Keep Us Saved!

It is because He is alive that He can keep on saving us!

Intercession means Intervention!

Jesus Christ, Our High Priest, intervenes on our behalf while He is face to face with God!

Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, [much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life]

1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. [And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous]:

God knows we are still in this flesh and are still sinners but everything Jesus does is right and we are saved by His Life AND NOT BY OUR OWN LIFE!

Jesus sits at God’s right hand and He says:

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Heb 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Heb 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

When we are “saved to the uttermost”, how can we ever believe we could loose such a salvation that we have no control over!

Jesus Christ can save any sinner, from any condition AND He saves completely, and forever, whosoever will put their trust in Him!

1.) We do not need an intercessor because God is still angry with us!

2.) The Father and The Son are in complete agreement with the plan of salvation!

3.) Jesus is not continuously offering up prayers because of our weakness!

4.) Jesus is not continuously offering a blood sacrifice, that work was completed on the cross!

5.) Our Lord Jesus Christ is our representative at the throne of God to receive our spiritual sacrifices that are offered up to Him!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, [to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ].

This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ!

*****Heb 7:26 For such an high priest [became us], who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Heb 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, [when he offered up himself].

Jesus [became us] because He knew this was what we needed to be saved!

We must also be “holy” to be in a relationship with God!

We must also be “harmless” to be free from all sin!

We must also be “free from immorality”!

We must also be “separate from all sinners”!

We could not do any of these things, so Jesus became us, and He does these things for us!

Christ Jesus took our place so that we can live!

Christ Jesus did not need to offer up anything for His own sin because He had no sin!

If Jesus had left anything off that had to be done, He would return to do that thing but He needed to sacrifice Himself only one time!

Jesus met all our needs then and He still meets all our needs!

We had to have a Priest like Jesus!

We still sin every day!

We need spiritual help every day!

Jesus gives us the “Grace” and “Mercy” we need because we are still sinners!

1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*****Heb 7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

How could we ever turn away from such a great High Priest!

Our High Priest can be reached at any moment to meet our needs!

He is always there to help us!

He always understands what we are going through!

He has all the answers to our questions because He is the answer to all our problems!

Thank you Jesus for doing what I could not do!


Let’s Pray!

Jesus Christ, Greater Than Aaron

Jesus Christ, Greater Than Aaron

Text: Book of Hebrews Chapter Five

In the Old Testament, the ministry of the Priest was to be a go-between between man and God.

In the New Testament church there is no such office!

In the Church there are only two biblical offices.

1.) That of the Pastor.
2.) That of the Deacon.

There is no place in the Church for any kind of priesthood!

The New Covenant of Our Lord teaches we that are saved by the grace of God in what the Bible says Is The Individual Priesthood Of Every Believer!

This means that every believer can boldly approach the throne of God without any man on this earth as a go between!

We have no need of a go-between because we have Our Mediator in Heaven, who is Our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Christ Jesus has the threefold office of Prophet, Priest, and King!

And since the words of Christ Jesus are God’s final Word to mankind, NO MAN on his own or with the help of others, can appoint himself to be a priest, a pastor or a deacon!

In the Old Testament and under that covenant, Aaron was chosen by God to be the High Priest and he was duly ordained and installed into that office.

The main task of the Old Testament priests was at the altar!

If the sacrifices were not offered in the right place, and by the right person, they were not accepted of God!

Jesus Christ is our Great High Priest to the Church!

He offered the right sacrifice, at the right place and at the right time!

“Every believer is now a priest” just as those of the tribe of Levi were God’s priesthood, before the true High Priest, Christ Jesus came!

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Our salvation is not based any ritual or by any priesthood!

Our salvation is not based on any emotional response to praise and worship!

Our salvation is based on the truth of the Written Word of God and His promises and these came through Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ is the final Word of God!

AND, The Priesthood of Christ Jesus is much greater than the priesthood of Aaron!

*****Heb 5:1  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

What is the definition of the priest?

This verse says that every High Priest must be a man. He must represent man to God. He is ordained for man in things that pertain to God. Because he goes before God, he must be acceptable to God!

Therefore a High Priest must be:

1.) Taken from among men.

2.) They are ordained for men.

3.) They go to God for men.

There is a great difference between a priest and a prophet!

A priest represents man before God!

A prophet goes from God to man to bring God’s message!

In the Old Testament the Priest did not tell men what God had to say!

This was what the Prophet did!

Today, Jesus Christ is the only priest and there can be no more!

The priesthood of Jesus is for the believer and not for those that are lost!

Jesus represents those that are saved before God!

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Jesus died and paid the price for every sin BUT He is High Priest only to the saved believer!

When our enemy Satan accuses us before God when we fail Him, The Lord Jesus Christ comes to our defence!

I would be a foolish man to depend on some so-called priests of this world!

And so is every believer!

We can see that the priests could offer both gifts and sacrifices.

Aaron offered only animal sacrifices!

Christ Jesus offered Himself!

There will never be another sacrifice needed and there will never be another priest needed!

*****Heb 5:2  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Here are the words of Jesus:

Joh 8:46  Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

Those disciples that followed Jesus would have known if He was telling the truth. They would have known if Jesus had done something that was against the Laws of Moses.

No other man on this Earth could say these words in truth!

Pro 14:12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, [but the end thereof are the ways of death].

Even when we think we are doing everything right, we are probably not doing some things we should be doing!

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; [and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all].

Because all sheep go astray we must realize that we will also go astray from time to time!

Aaron had sin, and blood had to be shed to cover his sin.

Jesus Christ is able to show mercy!

He neither condones sin nor will He condemn the sinner!

When we approach God with our confession of our sins, He will not lecture us!

He will not tell us to do better next time!

Our High Priest will just extend His mercy to us!

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

*****Heb 5:3  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

Now we see Aaron could not do the things Christ Jesus did!

Aaron had to make a sacrifice for himself before he could sacrifice for any other person.

Jesus Christ did not have to make an offering for Himself so He made an offering for all of us!

Aaron had to make a sacrifice for himself and for all the people once every year on the day of  “atonement”.

Even then those sacrifices could only cover up those sins, those sins were not forgiven!

Only by the sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God can sin be cleansed and removed!

*****Heb 5:4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

No man can appoint himself to be priest!

Some try but they do not know the Word of God!

Under the Law given by Moses the High Priests had to lead the people in the things of God!

God chose Aaron to be High Priests and once this office was established, it became a hereditary position which passed from Aaron to his oldest son and was to continue this way until the Messiah came!

But after the Romans controlled Israel the office of High Priest became a political issue and was appointed through acts of wealth and power and submission to the throne of Rome!

The Romans appointed whomever they chose to fill that position!

The Romans allowed the Jewish worship system but only under governmental control!

The Chinese government and some others do this same thing in our day!

God was clear, the priesthood was to be Aaron and passed down through that family. This way these Jews knew exactly who would be the next High Priest and that person would serve until their death!

*****Heb 5:5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

Again we see that Our Lord Jesus was not begotten in Bethlehem!

Jesus Christ the Son was begotten at the Garden Tomb where He was buried after His crucifixion.

This is where His resurrection took place and this is the day He was begotten!

Forty days later, when Christ Jesus went back to Heaven was when His High Priesthood began!

The priesthood of the believer does not begin until being “Born Again”!

This is unchangeable and this is the fact of the Word of God!

*****Heb 5:6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

It is a fact that the Messiah was not to come from the line of the priesthood through Aaron!

Jesus Christ was not High Priest in the order of Aaron!

This does not mean that Aaron is not a “type” of Christ in his duties!

Aaron was just a servant chosen of God But Christ Jesus is the Son of God!

Who is Melchisedec?

The only historical record we have of Melchisedec is in the Old Testament.

Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

Melchisedek, is a “type” of Christ as King-Priest!

Melchisedek was at one time, man, priest, and king.

Melchisedek was not in the family of Abraham!

Israel took great pride in saying they were descendants of Abraham.

BUT, God chose His only begotten Son above all others to be High Priest and King.

It is by Him we can approach the Father! .

We should never attempt to go to God without going through His Son and we cannot expect any favor of God since any favor of God can only come through the merits of His Son!

As a “type” of Christ, Melchisedek has no record in the Bible of his beginning nor of his ending.

It is these facts that make him a “type” of the eternal Son of God!

AS king of Salem, Salem meaning peace, he was king of peace!

Christ Jesus is the Only One who is the universal King and High Priest!

Jesus Christ is truly the King of Peace and the King of Righteousness!

This was also a fulfillment of the prophesy of the Book of Psalms!

Psa 110:4  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

*****Heb 5:7  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications [with strong crying and tears] unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

We know that this verse is speaking of the Jesus, the Son of God, when it says “in the days of His flesh”.

The Bible records three times that Jesus shed tears in His crying:

1.) Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus:

Joh 11:34  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Joh 11:35  Jesus wept.

2.) Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem:

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

3.) Jesus wept in the Garden of Gethsemane:

Luk 22:41  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

The truth is that Jesus shed tears for us many more times than we can know!

Psa 22:2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

***** Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
Heb 5:9  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus Christ was made complete and made full and made perfect by the things He suffered while in the flesh.

Not because He was not already perfect but He became the perfect sacrifice by being obedient and learning from the things He had suffered.

Not everything Jesus suffered came from the cross!

He suffered rejection and ridicule among many other things for at least three years before the cross!

What did people ask Jesus about how to get saved?

Joh 6:28  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

AND, What was Jesus’s answer?

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, [This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent].

There is no simpler answer to give anyone that ask this same question!

The only work we need to do to be saved is to believe on The Lord Jesus Christ!

This is where Satan will always lead his attack!

2Co 11:3  But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted [from the simplicity that is in Christ].

The theme of this chapter in the Book of Hebrews is “Jesus Christ superior to Aaron”, the God appointed High Priest!

Jesus Christ as the Son of God was already perfect!

I believe we can see that through the suffering He had before the cross, through the suffering He had on the cross, through the suffering of loosing fellowship with The Father, and by freely being that sacrifice for all our sin, Jesus Christ became the perfect High Priest to be our go-between of us and Our Father in Heaven.

There can be no greater “Advocate” between man and God, than Jesus, The Son of God our perfect Savior!

*****Heb 5:10  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

The Greek word used for “called” in this verse, is found only this one time in the Bible!

Only Jesus, The Son of God, could be “called” of God to be the perfect High Priest, and also the only King of Peace!

God has spoken many words to show those Hebrew believers the superiority of Christ Jesus, The Son of God!

It would be foolish for anyone to return to a trust in those old laws!

Legalism and ritualism are the downfall of many of the houses of Body of Christ even in our day!

To walk with God is to be mature in the ways of His Son!

There are to many today that hold to the idea that a man can be saved today, and then, through some sin, ruin his salvation tomorrow or some other day and die without God.

But, The fact is when you believe and have met the Perfect Savior, who then becomes your Perfect High Priest, then salvation is in His hands and you have no other part even in your own salvation!

Every believer is then “Born To God”!

AND, God keeps all His children!

God does not throw away any of His children!

Our God is not a dead beat dad!

In fact God makes a home for all wayward children that is perfect and is permanent!

Once saved then, every believer needs to stay in and be obedient to the Word of God!

Every believer is instructed to grow in the “Grace of God”!

*****Heb 5:11  Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

When we become tired of hearing the Word of God we will break fellowship with God by grieving the Holy Spirit!

We get the term “backsliding” because of these that have become dull to hearing the Word of God!

In other words, the preaching becomes dull, Sunday School becomes dull, the Sunday School teacher seems to be dull, the pastor becomes dull.

The problem is not in these people and what they do, the problem is that we have become dull to hearing the Word of God!

It is a true saying that most believers remain “Babes in Christ” all their lives:

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

This one thing brings more problems into God’s Church than any other thing!

Paul writes:

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

It is the Word of God that increases our faith!

Again Paul writes:

1Th 2:13  For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, [but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe].

It is the Word of God that makes us effective believers!

Even Job said:

Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

It is by hearing, reading, and studying the Word of God, that we can see God!

We are foolish when we remain “Babes in Christ” and miss out on the blessings that come from the Word of God!

*****Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Not all believers can be teachers. I do not feel that I am much of a teacher!

But,  sharing the Word of God is an ability that God wants us all to have and He wrote it all down for us and all we have to do is present His Word!

We must share what God has given to us all!

This verse says that these Hebrew believers “had to be taught again” the basic principles of salvation.

They were in fact experiencing a second childhood as a child of God!

In the Book of Revelation, God teaches us about the Church Ages.

The final Church Age tells us of lukewarm believers.

In this Church Age there are “Babes in Christ” and non-believers.

We can see that the Gospel is not spread because of the Babes in Christ, who will not and cannot spread God’s Word and there will be a falling away from the Word of God!

This is the lesson of the writer of the Book of Hebrews to the Jewish believers.

Even those who study God’s Word can become dull of hearing God’s Word!

When we cease to progress spiritually we are going back-wards!

We have become backsliders!

Our sensitivity to God lessens!

Our understanding of the Bible becomes more difficult!

It truly takes a commitment to the study of the Word of God, which includes the preaching and also includes Sunday School!

We should all have the goal of getting closer to God and we do that with Bible study and Prayer and Meditating on the Words of Jesus!

We cannot leave off either one and we cannot stop going to the House of God!

Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

*****Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

If God would dress each one of us according to our spiritual growth, Just What Would We Look Like?

Like babes, like toddlers or possibly would we be in mature spiritual clothes?

Each one of us have to make this decision on our own!

It is always time to grow in Christ!

It does not matter how active you are in the Church, if you do not take the Word of God seriously!

This Book of Hebrews is some of the meat of the Bible!

We must accept that Jesus Christ is above all others in the Bible.

The Bible is His Word!

We begin our Christian life according to the Gospel, the good news of Jesus, and His finished work on the cross. His death, His burial and His resurrection!

We grow as Christians because our High Priest is at our defence at the right hand of God!

God expects us to grow:

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Heb 13:21  Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

*****Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even those who by reason of use] have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

My biggest fear in trying to teach is that I will not handle the Word of God properly because it is the strong meat of God’s Word that we need to learn and teach.

Jesus Christ made salvation simple but He requires us to be His witnesses on this Earth after we are saved.

We can certainly do some of that with the way we lead our lives after salvation!

There are always those that are looking at your life if you say you are Christian!

But, we must lead our lives according to what the Word of God says and not on what we think God’s Word says!

The Bible says:

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

We will never understand the Bible until we use it and handle it properly!


If we do not have a good understanding of the Word of God then we will be led astray by those that teach a false doctrine, and who deliberately twist the Word of God into something that is not the truth of the Gospel.

We owe it to our own children, to the children of this Church and to everyone that God sends across our path, to be able to share the Gospel!

This what God left us here on this earth to do!

What was Aaron’s job?

1Ch 6:49  But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, [according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded].

We should see that Christ Jesus is much greater than Aaron and all the High Priests that came after him!

The nation of Israel were never able to discern between good and evil!

Our own nation is failing because people do not know how to discern between good and evil!

The only thing that can change these things is for everyone to become mature Christians and share the Word of God!

We can do that only when obey God by learning His Word!

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Let’s Pray!