“Let us then with confidence”
In reading the letter to the Hebrews we uncover a rich mine of thoughts that challenge and stimulate our thinking. It is packed full of encouragement for those whose aim is to genuinely follow in the footsteps of Christ!
But we must take care not to slide over things which do not seem to fit in with the ways we (or at least some) may have previously thought, like thinking that Jesus is God himself, equal with the Almighty. It is essential we grasp the flow of the context and do not pull a phrase out of a verse in isolation.
Chapter 1 tells us Jesus was “begotten” (verse 5) – he had a beginning in a literal sense Then verse 8 calls him “God” but then the next verse states of him that because “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness …”. When we come to chapter 5 we will see “He learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (5:8,9).
A major thought that arises from the wonder of Jesus’ life on earth is that he “was made lower than the angels” (2:9) “to be made like his brothers in every respect” (verse 17) and “because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted” (verse 18).
Think of what that means in your own relationship with Jesus!
The full wonder of this is re-affirmed in chapters 3 to 5. He has become our High Priest forever – the One and only High Priest, so we read, “since then we have a great High Priest who has passed through [gone into the very presence of God, GNB] the heavens … one who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses … Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (4:14-16).