Jesus: Seven Portraits, Week 3
Jesus is: Priest
When you think of a Priest, what comes to mind? Do you think Jesus fits your picture of a priest? Why or why not?
Read Hebrews 4:14-16. Does this change the way you see Jesus as our Priest? What does it mean to you to have a perfect Priest that knows your struggles?
Jesus fulfills the role as our Priest in 3 ways.
1. Jesus offered the PERFECT sacrifice for us.
- Read Hebrews 9:24-26.
- What made Jesus different from other Priests?
- Why was his sacrifice different?
- Why is this significant?
2. Jesus brings us NEAR to God
- Read Luke 23:44-46.
- What does this curtain in the temple signify?
- Read Hebrews 10:19-22.
- It’s easy for the significance of the torn curtain of the temple to be lost on us. Did this help you better understand?
- Read James 4:8.
- Do you feel like you are drawing near to God?
3. Jesus PRAYS for us, and on our behalf
- Read Hebrews 7:25.
- How do you feel knowing that Jesus Christ intercedes on your behalf?
- Read John 17:15-17,20-21.
- Do you pray like Jesus?
- What can we learn from Him as he prays to God?
Close your time in prayer.
22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvationto those who are waiting for him.
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.