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Gaining Access to God

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 Today our service will focus on two aspects of Jesus’ saving work.  The first half of the service will focus on his role as the perfect High Priest as we explore the teachings of Hebrews 4:14-16.  During the second half of the service, we will consider the work that Jesus did on the cross through singing several great hymns, and gathering around the Lord’s Table.  I encourage you to set aside anything that will hinder you from fully engaging in this worship experience.  Shall we pray?

Hebrews 4:14-16 
“Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” (HCSB)

 You will remember that when we read Hebrews 1:3 a few weeks ago I told you that this verse was a foreshadowing of this discussion about Jesus being the Great High Priest.  It says, “He is the radiance of His glory, the exact expression of His nature, and He sustains all things by His powerful word. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3 HCSB)  Because the great high priest never sat down until his work was finished, the very act of sitting down shows the completed work of Jesus.  In the first chapter, the writer of Hebrews is arguing that Jesus’ work is completed, in this chapter, he elaborates on the nature of the work. 

 The writer of Hebrews teaches that Jesus is the perfect High priest. Hebrews 4:14 says, “Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession.” (HCSB  The writer of Hebrews draws an analogy between the great high priest who “passes through the veil” to enter the holy of holies on the day of atonement and Jesus Christ, the perfect high priest who “passed through the heavens” and then presented the sacrifice to the Father. 

 Remember Jesus’ words on the cross, “It is finished?” (John 19:30)  When He said those words, He didn’t mean that it was finished for now, but will have to be repeated every year, he meant that the job was done, never needing to be repeated.  This is in sharp contrast to the work of the priest on The Day of Atonement.  Yom Kippur rolled around every year. The priest made the sacrifice annually, but not anymore. Because Jesus, the perfect High Priest “passed through the veil (heavens)” and made the perfect sacrifice (His blood), it was finished. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.” (HCSB)  This one sacrifice was sufficient for all times. 

 Yes, He passed through the veil—He made the ultimate sacrifice. In another place in Hebrews, the writer refers to hope as an “anchor of the soul” that “enters within the veil.” Hebrews 6:19 says, “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,” (NASB)  Our only hope is on the other side of that veil.  Jesus passed through the veil, made the sacrifice and secured our hope.

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