Jesus as high priest, pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Christian hope is an anchor for the soul
Hebrews is an early
Christian sermon. The author is unknown, although the book has traditionally
been associated with Paul because Timothy is mentioned in 13:23.
The sermon was sent to a group of people who had come to faith in Christ
(2:3-4), suffered persecution (10:32-34), and were becoming listless (5:11;
6:12). The author seeks to motivate them by reminding them that Christ
suffered faithfully but is now seated at the right hand of God (1-6).
Christ is the high priest after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews compares
Christ's death to the sacrifice offered by the high priest on the Day
of Atonement, and announces that Christ has instituted the new covenant
promised by Jeremiah. Through his death and exaltation, Christ opened
the way into the presence of God in the heavenly sanctuary (7-10). Recalling
the faith of people like Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the martyrs, the final section
inspires the readers to run with perseverance the race that is set before
4:14-16 - Jesus the high priest
Heb 11:1 -
Faith in the unseen
- Running the race of faith