Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 3:7-19
Date: Aug 1st & 2nd, 2015
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BIG IDEA: Jesus is a great high priest because He didn’t just enter 3 earthly areas to temporarily mediate to God on people’s
behalf. He entered 3 heavenly areas and permanently mediates on people’s behalf.
Q1. Who is with us at the throne of grace?
Q2. How can we come to the throne of grace? vs 16 - “...with confidence...”
Q3. What do we receive when we come to the throne of grace?
vs 16 - “...mercy... grace...”
Q4. When can we come to the throne of grace? vs 16 - “...in time of need.”
For conversation and prayer:
1. Throughout the Bible’s history, God’s people have taken great comfort in these verses. It’s a key place we see the uniqueness of the Gospel; we see the uniqueness of heaven’s blending with human doings. We read here how Jesus is our human high priest (mediator for the people) and our heavenly high priest (mediator to God).
- Read verses 14-16 out loud. As you read, consider how Jesus’ ministry is both necessary and a gift. Discuss.
2. Consider the words that describe the ministry of Jesus. The author describes his throne as a “throne of grace”. We come to this throne for “mercy”. These are what characterize the accomplishment of Christ as our mediator and high priest. These qualities aren’t fading because Jesus isn’t fading. His high priestly reign is fixed for eternity.
- What are qualities of Jesus’ ministry that we add that aren’t here? Do you add qualities like frustration, bitterness, impatience, etc., to Jesus’ reign?
- The author tells us Jesus can sympathize with every human weakness as He reigns. Consider this. What weaknesses are you embarrassed or shamed about? Are there things you believe Jesus knows nothing about? While Jesus never sinned, He felt the full weight of a human life- temptation included – and knows what it’s like. He knows pain, lonliness, temptation, etc. How might this change how you communion with God?
3. We’re told that we can come to Jesus on His throne with no hindrances. Matter of fact, we can approach with confidence.
- What keeps you from approaching Jesus with confidence? - What aspects of Jesus’ ministry do you need to recall, or help others recall, to confidently come to Jesus?