We are Shaped by the Word: The Living Word

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:14-16

Questions for Reflection

  1. God’s living Word is Jesus the Christ (John 1) who is both divine and human.  He understands our struggles (Hebrews 4:15), and offers a solution (1 John 1:7).  Does this give us hope in our current struggles?  If so, why?  If not, consider that at the very least he can empathize with you, knows your pain, and wants you to live free of that hurt.
  2. If Jesus’ serves as our once-and-for-all high priest, ending the need for sacrifices, then how should this affect our lives?  Should anything change?  Can you explain what is meant by Romans 12:1-2?