"Jesus Makes Everything Better" (#6 A Whole New Way to God)

Sermon Date: 
Nov 06 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 in our SERMON-LETTER is explaining and defending why Jesus must now be fully embraced as a WHOLE NEW WAY, AND FAR SUPERIOR WAY, IN APPROACHING GOD. In fact through Jesus Christ, He opens up the very means to draw into God's presence. This means the Old Covenant rituals and sacrifices are no longer required. They were shadows of things to come that Jesus now presents. So what is the requirement to draw before the presence of God? FAITH in Jesus Christ who is now our great High Priest, King, and Saviour!

READ HEBREWS 7 & 8 (share reading) (see also 1 John 1:7)

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION / STUDY
•Why is the author trying to defend Jesus as being a new high priest in this letter (hint: remember his audience)?

•What is unique to Melchizedek and how does he illustrate similarities to Jesus Christ?

•What makes Jesus as high priest superior than the previous high priests of the Old Covenant?

•How do you respond to those who believe they just need to live by the Ten Commandments to go to heaven? •What was the purpose of these commandments?

•Read 8:12, why is this so important for Christians? How is it possible for God to remember our sins no more?

•In what way is Jesus, at this time, fulfilling His task as your high priest?

IN CONCLUSION
Why Jesus and No Other Way to Eternal Life?
•It was His blameless sinless life lived out on earth on our behalf…it was His sacrifice of His righteous blood knowing the result of SIN is DEATH on our behalf…it was His resurrection that declared victory over death – destroying the bondage of sin…on our behalf – and it’s Christ perfect priestly role – who continues to act on our behalf like a legal attorney, who continues to intercede for us in the heavenly sanctuary before our Heavenly Father.

•And it’s through Jesus we GAIN ACCESS to confidently stand before GOD in the heavenly sanctuary through our prayers! HOW AMAZING IS THAT!JESUS IS THE WAY – THE TRUTH – THE LIFE – THROUGH WHOM ALONE WE HAVE AS OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST UNDER THIS NEW COVENANT – WHO BRINGS US BEFORE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER BY HIS RIGHTEOUS BLOOD AND LISTEN TO THIS BY HIS ONE SACRIFICE, not daily, not yearly, BUT BY HIS ONE SACRIFICE he has made PERFECT FOREVER those who are being made holy!
JESUS IS OUR WHOLE NEW WAY TO GOD! Amen!

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

Blessings in our Lord,
Pastor Trevor