"Jesus Makes Everything Better" (#4: Jesus Understands)

Sermon Date: 
Oct 16 2016
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Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

BACKGROUND
The author is addressing Jewish Christians who are wrestling with the temptation to go back to the Old Covenant ways rather than having to face persecution for following Jesus Christ. We might hear them ask, "Is Jesus worth the cost in following?"

When do you feel most tempted to shy away from your Christian witnessing knowing you might suffer otherwise?

READ HEBREWS 4:14 - 5:10 (share reading)

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION / STUDY
•Who was able to enter before the presence of God under the Old Testament – when? and for what reason?
•What qualified Jesus, the Son of God, to be our perfect High Priest as like the other high priests in the Old Testament?
•Why is faith in Jesus Christ necessary for sinners to be able to enter before the presence of God?
•Is anyone able to enter before the presence of God without Christ?
•How will being a faithful and obedient Christian cause suffering?
•What is the hope found through these verses when we are tempted to turn away from being a faithful and obedient Christian?
•How did Jesus handle the intensity of His suffering? How might you apply this into your spiritual journey?
•In summary, what is the result for those who endure and persevere through the hardships of keeping faithful and obedient to Jesus Christ?

IN CONCLUSION
Jesus, the Son of God, grew in the maturity to His Father's will by not yielding to the temptations that would have had Him turn away in order to avoid suffering. Jesus used the means of temptation as the spiritual battle ground for growth relying on Scriptures, Prayer, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus understands what it's like to be tempted. As our Great High Priest, Jesus grants us access before the Father's presence for help in our time of need.

How did God speak to you through this reflection / study?

Blessings in our Lord,
Pastor Trevor