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What are we to think about our relationship with God? if we’re Christians – how do we feel about knowing God?
Guilt - we say we’re forgiven but can have a sense God is disappointed in me – thinks less of me because of what I did last week.
Expected change – well we know he wants us to live in a certain way - but can feel that means not being really me. He’s forcing into a mould that doesn’t fit.
Insecurity - we can certainly feel God likes others more than me. That’s an easy one – some people are really in with him – whereas I’m on the edge.
Do you ever feel those sorts of things? Should we feel those things? What sort of relationship does a Christian have with God?
I ask that because here our writer describes the relationship with God we’ve been given in Jesus – and we’re going to see it’s very very different to what I’ve just said.
Who helps you when you cannot help yourself?
Is there anyone that we can be sure will always be there to help?
Do we even recognize that we need help?
What do we make of friends who belong to church, serve in remarkable way, who can speak of great Christian experiences, maybe they’ve even helped you in Christian life and been a real example to you – and NOW, they are nowhere spiritually. They don’t call themselves Christians anymore. They feel like they’ve out-grown it. They’ve consigned it to the past.
What do we make of that? What about Christians who fall away?
Do you think that we still need to go through a priest inorder to get to God? Do we need a human being to mediate for us our relationship with God?
The Bible’s remarkable answer is yes!
We need a priest. The question is which Priest. The Priest we need is the man - Jesus Christ - our great High Priest. He brings us to God and he is God towards us!
What is wrong with us?
Well, The whole passage screams to us – it’s the heart, the heart, The heart of our problem is the problem of our heart.
The way that we hold on to God is by gazing at the God who has taken hold of us. That’s what Hebrews 2 is going to show us: Salvation is about being taken hold of by Jesus.
At it’s heart, this letter that reads like a sermon fixes our eyes on the glory of Jesus and exhorts us, for the sake of our freedom and joy, to keep looking at Him!