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. 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. 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.
Comment: In this short passage we have 2 statements of fact and then two ‘let us’ clauses. I read the ‘let us’ to have both a pleading and a commanding aspect.
- Jesus, the Great High Priest for Christians, although previously on earth has ascended through the heavens to sit now at the right hand of God. The ‘let us’ aspect is for us to remain faithful to what we believe. By ‘our confession’ the author means the gospel message as we read it in the gospels and in the book of Acts plus of course the Old Testament. Today we have all the other books of the New Testament as well, on which to base our confession.
- Our High Priest has been through all the testing situations of humanity and was tempted as we are yet never sinned. He has walked a road very similar to ours, so he is able to sympathize with us. Therefore, let us have confidence in Him to come for mercy and grace. He understands!
Prayer: May the truths above be reality and not mere theory for me, O God.