Why I love the epistle to the Hebrews

The more that I read Hebrews, the more I am just amazed by its contents. The heart of its writer is a heart that I long to have for God’s people. This is a man (sorry, but I do not believe Priscilla, or the Virgin Mary for that matter, wrote it) who knew and cared for this recipients of this letter. I love the way the author weaves in and out of exposition and exhortation so beautifully. The passion that he has is contagious, and the grasp he has on God’s word puts me to shame every time. This is the work not only of an rhetorical artist, but also of a man that loved the people of God.

The picture of Christ as our high priest, who suffered for us in order to secure our eternal salvation, is glorious. The author drives me to this high priest in praise and adoration for all that he has done for us. The fact that Christ became man shared in humanity is so amazing!

Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Heb. 2.17-18).

When I am suffering because of life’s trials, I can think of Christ who knows what it is like because he has suffered as well. He knows what it is like to be human because he himself became human.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things (Heb. 2.14a).

Because Jesus became flesh and blood and suffered for us:

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of or confession (Heb 3.1).

There are so many other verses I could list that are just so amazing! What an awesome God we serve! What a faithful Savior, Apostle, and High Priest we have in Christ Jesus! Praise be to God!

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen (Jude 25-25).

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