Hebrews 5

February Memory Verse: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Read: Hebrews 5

Yesterday we got to study Hebrews 4… one of the most encouraging passages in all of Scripture. To think that Jesus is not some distant Savior but a personal High Priest who grants us access to the throneroom of God is unimaginable. He loves us. He is for us. And because of Him we don’t have to run away in our failures and struggles but we can boldly and humbly approach the throne of grace and receive mercy.

The fact that we have a Great & Perfect High Priest in Jesus is GOOD NEWS… and in Hebrews 5 the author reminds us what qualified Jesus to have such a position. Here is what we see in our text…


Yes, Jesus deserves to be Lord, or ruler, over our lives because He is God. But Hebrews takes it a step further… It shows us that He has earned the right.


The author elaborates further on the position of high priest. The high priest represented the people to God. He sacrificed for their sins and treated the people with grace and kindness because he himself was a sinner. The high priest could not just decide to take this honor. It had to be given.

What we learn about Jesus is that God the Father chose Him for this honor. He gave Him a mission. He was called by God the Father. And Jesus accepted. He knew this meant that, though He remained sinless, He would be made fully man (and fully God) (Philippians 2:4-8, Hebrews 2:17).  He knew that this meant He would have to endure temptation, beating, death, and even separation from the Father. He accepted it anyways.


But He did not just accept the mission, He accomplished the mission. He saw it through. He prayed for us. He pleaded. He cried. He appealed to God the Father on our behalf (as He continues to do right now 1 John 2:1). He suffered and His sufferings qualified Him to accomplish the mission. He was focused. He was determined. He did not give up.

Through this, “God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him.” God the Father bestowed honor upon Him.

Because of Jesus’ perseverance we can have new life in Him and a right relationship with God.


How does this passage encourage you today?
How can you mirror Jesus’ focus with the mission that He has given you (Matthew 28:19-20)?

By: Nick Parsons


Mike Pepper - February 16th, 2021 at 6:20am

“since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen”

Good word today NP. This segment of today’s scripture caught me attention because sadly it describes me far too often. Several years ago I heard a sermon from Francis Chan that I’ll never forget. He walked to the podium with a baby bottle full of milk and placed it next to his Bible. The text of his sermon was Hebrews 5. I’m sure there were people in his congregation that day who felt very uncomfortable because he essentially said many of you “suck”. (referring to long time believers who are still spiritual babies sucking on a baby’s bottle rather than eating spiritual meat). If we become “spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen” then we’ll never mature into adult Christians. Tim challenged us Sunday and asked when is the last time we shared Jesus with someone? Statistically it’s believed that only 2% of Christians ever share their faith. I’m convinced the statistic doesn’t hold true at CPC. From day one our church has stressed Prepare To Share and learning how to share our faith. Regardless of who signs our paychecks we are all full time missionaries. “Work as though working unto the Lord”. Colossians 2:23

Have a blessed day JumpStart readers.

Nick - February 16th, 2021 at 8:57am

Thanks Mike! Yes, so often I feel convicted reading this as well!

Rasheed Flowers - February 18th, 2021 at 10:40pm


Scottie Frans - February 16th, 2021 at 2:14pm

Thankful for a savior who willingly gave it all so that we can have a personal relationship with God!!

Nick - February 16th, 2021 at 10:45pm

That is awesome Scottie!

Reva Lavender - February 16th, 2021 at 8:45pm

I love how verse 8 tells us that even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from things He suffered. Hmmm...seems like I would learn more obedience when I am going through a hard time depending on Him. Think this spoke to me and I need to learn from Him!!!

Nick - February 16th, 2021 at 10:45pm

That is awesome Reva!

Rasheed Flowers - February 18th, 2021 at 10:38pm

Because he has earned the right to be part of our lives, we must have an earnest desire to grow up in the faith too. To move on from this basic understanding to also teach others and continue in the same mission that he did!

Rasheed Flowers - February 18th, 2021 at 10:39pm

Not part of our lives, the LORD of our life!

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