Sunday School Material 10-16-16: The Great High Priest

(Heb. 4:14-16; 5:1-10; 10/16/16)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus is our great High Priest. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we appreciate Jesus being our High Priest.


Read Hebrews 4:14-16

I. Sinless High Priest. The author talks about his readers having a great High Priest. The High Priest in question is Jesus. Jesus is able to empathize because He was tempted, but He did not sin.

In our Sunday School material the readers are urged to approach God in prayer with confidence.

Applications –

- Holding firmly to our faith. Notice in vs. 14 the idea that “since Jesus is so great, believers should hold firmly to their faith.” First, as we will note in this Sunday School material, Jesus is great. There is none like Him.

Second, as in the text, we are called to hold firm to our faith. No one and no circumstance should be able to shake our confidence in our being saved and God’s working things out for the good of His people, as we obey His will.

Third, prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other disciples (i.e., growth groups) is a great strategy for developing and holding to our faith. Let’s work on holding firmly to our faith.

- Our prayer lives. Notice in vs. 16 the call to approach the throne of grace with confidence to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

First, because we are in Christ, we can come to God (i.e., the throne of grace) with confidence. We don’t have to come fearful of God rejecting us because of our sins or because He is in a bad mood.

Second, we should ask for mercy and grace to help us in our times of need. Being a Christian doesn’t exempt us from being in need. But with God’s mercy and grace, we can endure. Let’s work on our prayer lives.

Read Hebrews 5:1-3

II. Human High Priests. There is mention of human High Priests in our Sunday School material. They represent the people to God with sacrifices and offerings.

He gently deals with the people because he is aware of his own weaknesses. Human High Priests gave offerings for the people and for themselves, because all of them had sins to be dealt with.

Applications –

- Jesus our High Priest. Notice in vss. 1, 2, 15 that Jesus is the great High Priest. As our High Priest, He offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for us. He teaches us with gentleness through the Spirit and the Bible. He set a great example of living a sinless life.

First, we should be confident in Jesus’ sacrifice for us being sufficient “covering of our sins.” We still have sins, but they are covered by the blood sacrifice of Jesus. Second, we should learn and obey what Jesus is teaching us.

At the core of Jesus’ curriculum are the issues of being saved people who love God with all that we have and love others, as we love ourselves. We should be doers, not just hearers of God’s word. Let’s work on living like we appreciate Jesus being our High Priest.

Read Hebrews 5:4-6

III. Appointed High Priest. In our Sunday School material There is mention of how one becomes a High Priest. It is not a self-appointed situation. God must call one into such a position. This was the case with Aaron. And more importantly it was the case with Jesus.

Applications –

- God’s call. Notice in vss. 4-5 that Jesus was not self-appointed but called by the Father to serve. In like manner, we should make sure that we are not simply doing what we want to do. We should make sure that we are doing what God is calling us to do.

The prayerful study of God’s word with a mind to obey it and the support and counsel of disciples can help us discern the difference between God’s call and our self-appointment (see Pro. 14:12).

Let’s work on obeying God’s call on our lives. Every believer is called to study, serve, and give. We are all called to be friendly, enthusiastic in worship, and faithful in inviting and bringing loved ones with us to worship.

Read Hebrews 5:7-10

IV. Obedient High Priest. There is mention of how Jesus prayed to the Father with reverent submission. He learned obedience from His suffering. He became a source of salvation for all who obey Him. He was designated to the High Priest.

Applications –

- Jesus’ example. Notice in vss. 7-10 that Jesus suffered with humility and faithfulness. This is a great example for us to keep in mind. There are too many who claim to be Christians, but they are not willing to suffer like Christ.

They are not known for humbly denying themselves and being dedicated to following divine directions. They are not known for faithfully serving, even when things are not going their way.

There are too many people who only serve, when things are going the way they want them to go. Let’s work on trying to live by Jesus’ example.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we appreciate Jesus being our High Priest.  God has much for those who obey His will.

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