Gene Cunningham - January 28, 2003
Jesus is our Mediator
Three Majestic qualities of Jesus
-Greatness of the Person (ch 1-7)
-Greatness of His work (ch 8-10)
-People of the High Priest (ch 11-13)
There are requirements to become a high priest. Each one is appointed by God. Our appointment came when we became believers (every believer is a priest 1PE 2:5-9, an ambassador 2CO 5:14-21, and have a ministry 1CO 12:4-7). Each one is oriented to his purpose, on behalf of men on things pertaining to God, leading his people in prayer as well as giving instruction. He has an obligation to identify with the people, to be able to deal gently. He had to be honest with God and himself, and compassionate toward others.
Jesus has to fulfill these qualifications. He is the perfect Mediator because He is God and Man - someone who is equal to both parties.
How is Jesus qualified to identify with the people? Job 9:32-33
He did not glorify Himself by claiming the High Priest position on His own.
Appointed=Divine ordination. He was ordained by God Himself PHI 2:5-11
Even in the miracles were performed in the power of the Spirit of God. He lived in total faith. Heb 2:14-15 heb 4:15 Jesus was made High Priest on resurrection day, He became something He wasn’t before. acts 13:33
His preparation for priesthood: why does He sympathize with the broken and weary? What did it cost Him? A great deal.
His prayers won’t force us to do anything, we have to choose to be obedience, to follow, to surrender, and that’s when the impact of His prayers for our life will impact history.
From Series: "Hebrews (1998)"
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