Sermon Series: The Book of Hebrews
The “Book of Hebrews” is a title that doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s not really a book, but instead seems to be a sermon. It’s not written in Hebrew, but is actually Greek. It isn’t written to a synagogue, but a church that seems to be going through a bit of a slump. There’s even a debate as to who actually wrote it! So, over the next four weeks we’ll read the Book of Hebrews together to try and understand the who, what, and why of this essential Christian text.
May 22, 2022 – The Great High Priest
For a Christian letter, the Book of Hebrews spends a lot of time talking about the Old Testament. The writer draws deeply on the images of Moses, the exodus, the Temple, and the priesthood. It’s almost like the writer believes that the former covenant helps us to prepare for and understand the New Covenant in Jesus.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested[a] as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.