Vs. 1, “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Yesterday, our application challenged us to respond to Jesus. In our opening passage (vs. 1-4), this is one of five major exhortations in Hebrews. This careful warning is one that gives us this idea of drifting away. Like a battery that loses juice, or a boat that slowly drifts away, we are reminded that this can happen in our spiritual lives as well. The rest of the chapter addresses the humanity of Jesus (vs. 5-18). Jesus being made fully human through the incarnation (becoming human) at his birth was referenced with Psalm 8 (vs. 5-9), a timely reminder as we have Christmas right around the corner. Because of becoming human, this brought the offer of salvation to all (vs. 10-18) and was fulfilled on the cross. How timely that we were reminded of the Day of Atonement in Leviticus, and now we have the picture of Jesus being the high priest giving one final atonement for the forgiveness of sins (vs. 17-18).
Regarding application…Being Tempted. Vs. 18, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Question: What does the fact that Jesus being tempted do for us? Have you ever had someone try to encourage you with a struggle, only to know all too well they have never experienced what you are going through? The fact that Jesus was tempted gives Him the “street cred” that we look for to consider if He is someone we can turn to. The temptation He was given to bypass suffering in the desert is something that most of us will never fully comprehend. That is why we can find strength and encouragement from passages like Hebrews 4:15 and I Corinthians 10:13. Jesus has overcome so that we can live as new creations and not revert to our old nature!