S (Scripture): Hebrews 2:14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, [Jesus] also shared the same things in the same way. He did this to destroy the one who holds the power over death—the devil—by dying. 15 He set free those who were held in slavery their entire lives by their fear of death. 16 Of course, he isn’t trying to help angels, but rather he’s helping Abraham’s descendants. 17 Therefore, he had to be made like his brothers and sisters in every way. This was so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in things relating to God, in order to wipe away the sins of the people. 18 He’s able to help those who are being tempted, since he himself experienced suffering when he was tempted.
O (Observation): The concept of the the priest – the intermediary between God’s people and God – is lived out by Jesus. Jesus is the High Priest, the one who intercedes for God’s people, who makes satisfaction on their behalf.
The priest would offer sacrifices to God out of joy for praise to God, or as a sign of repentance. Either way, worshipping God was the goal. And now Jesus is recognized as the priest for ALL.
In Hebrews, Jesus is the High Priest, seeking to satisfy God by offering himself as the sacrifice for all.
A (Application): Some debate exists over whether or not these texts are helpful. Perhaps this text can be helpful if we see that Jesus empties himself, thus surrendering himself completely to God. Perhaps not to satisfy God’s anger, but rather to be the example for us to follow.
Jesus, as the High Priest, grants all of us access to God and God’s mercy, by being raised from the dead. Jesus has overcome the power of sin and death, and through our baptism, so have we.
P (Prayer): Lord, you have freed us! We thank you. Amen.