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April 20 – Lenten Study Day 46

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of obedience and humility…

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since he himself is subject to weakness. This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people. And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.
In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him,
“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father.”
And he says in another place,
“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

SOAP Note

Great High Priest | Kathy Page

Scripture

Hebrews 5:7-10

Observation

Jesus would fulfill His role as our Great High Priest, but it would be at the expense of His own battered, bruised and beaten body. Because He reacted and responded in obedience, and endured the suffering of the cross, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all that obey Him. He became the ‘source’ of our salvation and eternal life. When He obeyed unto death, and entered the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, He obtained eternal redemption for us. No other high priest could do that. No other high priest obeyed perfectly or was without sin.   No other high priest passed through the heavens, sits at the Throne of grace and intercedes for us still today. No other high priest was the Son of God. Only Jesus has the name, Great High Priest. None that came before Him could do what Jesus did, and there is none after Him. He is it!

Application

As my Great High Priest: Jesus sympathizes with me. He walked among humans. He drew near to humans. He was tempted like me, faced trials like me, and endured sufferings like me. Jesus participated fully in the human experience, yet He did not give in to sin. This elevated Jesus above all other earthly priests. He mediated payment for my sins through the blood sacrifice of His life – once and for all. He is my source of everlasting life. He now sits at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for me today. Through His death, resurrection and ascension back into heaven, I have direct access to God anytime, anywhere, to receive His mercy and grace. Because of my Great High Priest, I can approach God with confidence. I do not need any mediators. He who was flesh now represents me who is still flesh. Jesus broke the barrier, made the sacrifice, established a new covenant and re-instituted my relationship with God.

Prayer

Jesus, my Lord and Savior, thank You for being my great High Priest. Thank You for becoming the sacrifice for my sins and stepping before me to present me righteous before our Father in heaven. Your atonement for my sin took sin’s power over me and destroyed it. I now have free access to God’s presence and favor. With that also came a fuller blessing, my new heart, once blackened by sin, now washed whiter than snow is indwelled by God’s Most Holy Spirit, bringing me new life and new obedience to You.   Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on that cross and taking my sin upon yourself. Thank You for sparing me the punishment I deserve. Thank You that today you reign as the GREAT High Priest for all who will come to You and receive You into their lives. To You all praise, honor and glory forever. AMEN!

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