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“…the days of Jesus’ life on earth…”
July 18, 2011, 1:03 pm
Filed under: Q - Letter to Hebrews

In Chapter 5 the author immediately begins to describe the role of “high priest” and compares this role with Christ Jesus based on the Old Testament. As Paul begins to describe how Jesus is greater than Aaron because of being “a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek” he is stopped by the Holy Spirit. It is not until the beginning of chapter 7 until he picks this thought back up again.

At the beginning of Chapter 5, Paul has been describing “the days of Jesus’ life on earth” and here we find an important truth. As we read the gospels, especially John’s we know that Christ lived by the life of His Father. Jesus listened, believed, and obeyed His Father. As Jesus lived by the life of His Father He expressed the glory of the Father, “full of grace and truth,” which is love. Hebrews describes Jesus as offering “up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.” As Jesus expressed the glory of the Father’s life He was tempted and He suffered, but only by living by the life of His Father through these temptations and sufferings did Jesus move forward in His life with the Father. Jesus grew if you will, in completing the work He had come to do, fully expressing the Father to the world.

Followers of Christ, as they are enabled, as they live by the life of Christ, will live Jesus’ life, similarly to how He lived His “life on earth.” We hear, believe, and obey Christ together as His body. As we live by Christ’s life, His glory, “full of grace and truth,” His love, is expressed through us. As a result we can expect to be tempted and to suffer. But those temptations and that sufferings, are meant to move us forward and is part of completing the work of Christ in us, to express the fullness of Christ. The ekklesias will always be tested in this regards, through temptations and sufferings, but Christ desires to help us through them. Will we fix our thoughts on Jesus? Will we encourage one another daily? Will we hear Him, believe Him, and love one another in spite of the temptations and sufferings, realizing they are meant to help us move forward?

We will be tempted to not put off the flesh, either our own or because of someone else’s flesh. In those instances, and there will be many, instead of hearing Christ, to realize that in Him the flesh is dead, we choose to hear our flesh and believe what it says, and it only speaks of itself, it is only about preserving itself, we will not express sacrificial love. The consequences will be a death and we will know it in our hearts if we have lived by Christ for very long. If we do not go to Christ, who indwells us and is our life, then we will fall back to life as before to our shame. Oh how we need to know Christ better!

We have been called by God, just as Christ was. Christ has said to us: We are sons and daughters! We are His brothers and sisters! We have a Priest who lives forever to help us in out time of need! Although we are sons and daughters, we learn obedience from what we suffer and, once made perfect, together we become the fullness of Christ, the fullness of Christ will be expressed in all of His glory!


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