Summary: A sermon on Hebrews 4:14-5:10 on why Jesus is a great High Priest (Conclusion taken from Mark Copeland at http://executableoutlines.com/he/he_11.htm)
We always said this little prayer before our meals: God is great and God is good, let us thank him for our food. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
We have already seen the message in the book of Hebrews that Jesus is better. He is better than the angels. He is better than Moses. He is better than Joshua. He provides a better rest than was ever seen in the Promised Land.
Jesus is not only the best, he is great. Great means to be wonderful; first-rate; very good.
Our verses this morning talk about a great high priest- Jesus the Son of God.
Thesis: What makes Jesus a great high priest
Vs. 15- He sympathizes with our weaknesses, because he was tempted in every way.
Vs. 2- He deals gently with whom? Those who are ignorant and going astray.
Romans 11:33-34: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
All of us are ignorant even if we have a good mind and many opportunities. Sin dulls our minds and our senses and we are all ignorant. If we don’t think so then Christ is not for us.
Isaiah 53:6: We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way
As a past preacher says, “There are just sinners here.” The Pharisees didn’t like to think of themselves as sinners. However, if we are not sinners, then we have no need for a Savior.
Mark 2:17: Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Since the beginning of the tabernacle, there were many high priests. Some were good and some were bad. Aaron is the most famous because he was the first high priest. Caiaphas is the most notorious because he helped to have Jesus crucified. In the midst of them is Eli.
Hannah wanted to have a child for her husband Elkanah. Year after year Elkanah went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh.
Look up and read 1 Samuel 1:9-17. We see here that Eli is faithfully ministering and is sympathetic to Hannah. Eli has seen many come and worship and sacrifice. He has ministered with many in this same state. He confronts what he sees as sin (drunkenness) and then offers comfort and is grateful that Hannah is mindful of the Lord. He gives a blessing.
Hannah was faithful to her vow when Samuel was born. We read in 1 Samuel 1:24-28.
What a great high priest. Not so! Eli refused to correct his sons’ sins of treating the Lord’s offerings with contempt and of sexual immorality.
1 Samuel 2:29 the Lord says to Eli- Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering?
We find God’s judgment coming upon Eli and his sons. We find in 1 Samuel 4:18
Eli was a sympathetic high priest, but it takes more than that. Jesus is gentle, sympathetic, but was without sin. Vs. 15.
He is submissive (Vs. 7- reverent submission)
Even when it went against everything in his human nature, he did His Father’s will.
He sought relief and help in prayer. He knew what was before him. He did not look forward to the pain and agony not just physical but spiritual. He was being forsaken by the Father and on him was the sins of all time. We don’t have to know this anguish because Jesus suffered it.
“He was heard”- No he wasn’t. He didn’t receive his request. Well, he did receive an angel (Luke). He was given strength to endure the cup. After this we find him being calm to the point of frustrating his judges at his trials- he said not a word. Every true prayer that is offered to God is answered by God, though not always by granting the specific requests.
Lord Don’t Move that Mountain- Lord, here I am again, down on my knees in prayer And Lord, You promised me You would always meet me there Now there's a mountain up ahead that I can't seem to climb But I'm praying for the strength to try it one more time Lord, don't move that mountain, just give me strength to climb For if You should move each mountain I might grow weaker every time And just like your son Jesus took the cross of Calvary's hill Lord, don't move that mountain, so I may better do Your will