Our Sympathizing Savior by Johnny Hunt

OUR SYMPATHIZING SAVIOR
Johnny Hunt

HEBREWS 4:14-16
October 26, 1997

INTRODUCTION: In Chapter 1, Jesus is seen as the One
Who has made “purification of sins” (v.3) In Chapter 2, He is
a “merciful and faithful high priest” (v.17) and in Chapter 3,
He is “the Apostle and High Priest of our confession.” (v.1).
Chapters 7-9 focus almost exclusively on Jesus’ high
priesthood. Here in 4:14-16, He is called a “great high
priest.”

It is wonderful to know that we have a Savior in heaven who
personally cares for His family. Old hymn asked, “Does Jesus
Care?”

“O yes He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief,
Though the day be weary,
The long night dreary,
I know my Savior cares.”

The writer of Hebrews magnifies our “Great High Priest.”










NOTE:

I. HE POINTS OUT HIS SOVEREIGNTY. 14

5 TRUTHS

A. HIS SOVEREIGNTY. 14a

“we have a great high priest” - this is a designated
title never bestowed on another. The priests of ancient
Israel were appointed by God to be mediators between
Himself and His people. Only the high priest could
offer the highest sacrifice under the Old Covenant, and
that he did only once a year on the Day of Atonement
(Yon Kippur) Lev. 16. All the sins of the people were
brought symbolically to the Holy of Holies, where
blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat as a sacrifice to
atone for them. As no other human instrument could,
he represented God before the people and the people
before God.

According to Lev. 16, before the High Priest could
ever enter the Holy of Holies, much less offer a
sacrifice there, he had to make an offering for himself,
since he, just as all those whom he represented, was a
sinner ...


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