Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
In this first verse we see:
- Heavenly calling: We have heard and answered the call from heaven, and we are called to heaven;
- Heavenly cogitation: We are to ”fix” our ”thoughts on Jesus” (see also. e.g. Hebrews 2:9;12:1,2; Col.3:1-3; Phil.4:8)
- Heavenly confession: An older edition of the NIV describes Jesus as ”the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”
The big emphasis we are going to see in this next section of the book is that Jesus is greater than Moses. (We have already been told that He is greater than the prophets and greater than the angels.) So a picture is building, showing Jesus to be greater than all those the Jews regarded as ‘greats’!
‘Whenever you are tempted to look at your circumstances or at yourself, look to Jesus by faith and rejoice in His faithfulness.’ Warren W. Wiersbe:’With the Word’, p.814.
PRAYER: As I walk through this year, dear Lord, make yourself known to me more and more, and draw me closer to you. I love you Lord, and I want to know and love you more. Help me to place my heart and mind where they truly need to be. Enable me to give my attention to heavenly realities.
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