Posted by: Chris Avery | June 27, 2008

Our Compassionate High Priest

Hebrews 5 (NASB)

1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;

 2he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;

 3and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.

 4And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

 5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,
         “YOU ARE MY SON,
         TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU”;

 6just as He says also in another passage,
         “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER
         ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.”

 7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

 10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

I like the NKJV especially

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,

I heard a sermon from David Downs (who has a series on Hebrews) called Our Compassionate High Priest, which can be found on SermonAudio.com or iTunes. He is very in depth on explaining what it takes to be a high priest and the responsibility once you are. The part about God interceding with vehement cries really stood out. Jesus isn’t just roboticly asking the Father to forgive us, He is pleading with tears. 

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