Hebrews

When you have Everything

Do you realize Jesus knows what it feels like to have human struggles? Our Savior understands precisely how we feel because He went through the same types of situations we do (Hebrews 4:14-16). Though our specific circumstances don’t match the Lord’s, we have much in common with what He experienced and felt. Jesus suffered exhaustion, hunger, thirst, and pain just as we do. He also knows the heartache of being lonely, misunderstood, hated, rejected, and unjustly treated.

Whatever you’re going through right now, remember that Jesus knows how you feel and sympathizes with your pain and weakness. He may not remove the anguish or change your situation, but He does promise He will always be with you-which is everything.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 7, 2020.

Focus for the New Year: Perseverance in Faithfulness

Hebrews 4;14

Christ is the center of our confession of faith in the gospel, both in creed and public testimony.  Surely, the readers would not give up Christ, whom they had professed, and reject what He had done for them, if they could understand the superiority of His person and work. 

Hold fast does not refer to how to be saved or remain saved.  It means rather that perseverance in faithfulness is proof of real faith.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 3:1,6.

A Better Hope

Hebrews 7;18-19

Drawing near to God is the essence of Christianity as compared with the Levitical system, which kept people outside His presence.  As believer priests, we are to draw near to God-that is characteristic of priesthood.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 7:19.

Encourage, comfort, and strengthen.

Hebrews 10;25b

Exhortation takes the form of encouragement, comfort, warning, or strengthening.  There is an eschatological urgency to the exhortation which requires an increased activity as the coming of Christ approaches.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 10:25.