“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” – Hebrews 4:14
As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, let us rejoice in Jesus’ victory over death while also recognizing that our confession must be the foundation of who we are. Let us ask ourselves if we hold fast to a belief that leads to life and salvation. Is it the same confession that Peter uttered to Jesus in Matthew 16:16, saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”? If so, do we believe in this truth to the same degree that led Jesus to respond in verse 17, saying, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”? My prayer this Resurrection Sunday is that we find ourselves with a faith that causes the Father to rejoice in the same way Jesus rejoiced in Peter’s confession!
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” – Hebrews 4:15
Let us remember this Resurrection Sunday that in His humanity, Jesus sympathizes with our weakness. He is not some distant deity that we cannot approach. He sits at the right hand of God the Father and intercedes for us, literally bringing our prayers to God’s throne! Do we believe that unlike the previous priests before Him, Jesus our High Priest was completely justified to walk through the gates of heaven by His perfect life and work? May the Holy Spirit lead us into a faith that is unashamed and unwavering in the revealed Person of God the Son!
“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.” – Hebrews 4:16
May God the Father grant us such faith and confidence! This Resurrection Sunday, let us remember that Jesus has adopted us as sons and daughters into a heavenly family. As children of God, let us believe and be certain that He hears us for Jesus’ sake!