Vs. 14-16 – Christ our Great High Priest who can both
sympathize and succor.
The word “mega” distinguishes Christ from all other
high priests. He is greater than angels, Moses, & Aaron
Christ can sympathize in virtue of His own human
experience. Compare ch. 2:18
“Himself took our infirmities and bare our
sicknesses” – Matt. 8:17
Christ, in His human nature, partook of all the
original affections and temptations of humanity,
“apart from sin”.
Hope, fear, desire, joy, grief, indignation,
shrinking from suffering, etc – He not only
was Omniscient but he experienced all our
temptations – a complete curriculum of trial,
and graduated unto its glory through sufferings.
“touched with the feeling of our infirmities”
v. 16 – “Let us ….. come boldly” – daily, even
hourly using liberty of speech in asking
for pardoning mercy and helping grace
for the future.
The high priest’s office was to mediate between man
and God – he should be of the same nature and
sympathetic with those in whose behalf he mediates –
his credentials should be Divine – God, Himself, having
“that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins” –
both unbloody and bloody offerings of the Law –
Atonement – “without the shedding of blood there is
“Who can have compassion on the ignorant and erring”
How sadly opposite in character to this have the world’s
priests almost always been.
Christian ministers are not called of God to be priests,
yet they should “bear gently with the ignorant and
By consciousness of own moral infirmity having to
contend with sinful inclinations and Satanic temptations.
He has himself required and received forbearance at the
hands of both God and men and will probably need more
in time to come – how then can he be harsh and
intolerant of others - sternness and severity will repel
and discourage and might aggravate moral infirmity
into moral perversity. Be it ours not to condemn the
ignorant and erring but to instruct and restore them.
v. 3 – Their sin offering for themselves was a prominent
part of the Day of Atonement.
v. 4 – Divine appointment, essential for assurance of
the efficacy of his mediation.
vs. 5-6 – Christ, our “perfected” High Priest, ever lives
to make intercession for us - this is after His
exaltation from His work on earth.
vs. 7-8 – Very close to the gospel history – as man, He
experienced a shrinking from death and craved
deliverance though with entire submission
unto the will of God!
The right of Christ could not be less than to pass from
this world as Enoch did by translation into glory.
but there was more to be done for God’s glory and
the world’s good through death than mere continuance
of life – A DYING JESUS IS INFINITELY MORE
THAN A TRANSLATED ENOCH!
Death may get mixed up with the process, may for a
time even conceal or dim the reality; but in due course
death is left behind, and eternal salvation shines
forth in all its Divine glory!
HIS HUMAN WILL DID NOT OPPOSE ITSELF TO
THE DIVINE WILL!
Luke 22:44 – “being in an agony, He prayed the more
The bloody sweat and the cry of “My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me?” convey the impression
of a mysterious ordeal beyond what we can fathom.
The perfectly Guiltless One – how frightful the force of
evil in the universe of God which could render the
need for such an Infinite Sacrifice.
Malice, ingratitude, hypocrisy, rage, wrath, corruption….!
Of all sufferers, Christ is the Sufferer!
v. 9 – “And being made perfect…..the Author of
ETERNAL SALVATION” -potentially to
A PERFECT ATONEMENT FOR SIN!
Forgiveness of sin, freedom from condemnation,
deliverance from the dominion of sin, holiness,
peace, joy and an entrance into heaven!
The redemption from guilt, the restraint of sin,
the indwelling of the Spirit, freedom from the
penal stroke of death and the blessedness of
“I DELIGHT TO DO THY WILL O MY GOD!”
And that ETERNAL SALVATION!
THE RECIPIENTS OF SO GREAT A SALVATION -
“unto all them that obey Him”
His one oblation of Himself upon the cross at once
effected the Atonement – HE thus “offered one
sacrifice for sins for ever” – ch. 10:12
It was not till after the Resurrection that He
entered on His eternal office of mediation in virtue of
that one accomplished sacrifice.