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Michael Horton
If you have your Bibles, please join me in reading the fourth chapter of Hebrews beginning at verse 11. Hebrews four beginning at verse 11. Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, that no one may fall from the same kind of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul, the soul of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. No creature is hidden from His sight. But all are naked and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with faith, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. In Friedrich Nietzsche’s classic Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Zarathustra, Truly the Prophet Zorro, Aster Nietzsche was particularly interested in going around talking to certain characters and one day he meets this person. Nietzsche calls the ugliest man that he is completely poor, he is naked. He doesn’t want people’s sympathy. He doesn’t want their pity, he hates it when people pity him. And he claimed to have killed God. Here’s what Zorro said to Aster. He had to die. He looked with all-seeing eyes. he saw the depths and crawlings of men, all their hidden vileness and ugliness. His mercy knew no modesty. He got into my dirtiest corners. This most curious of interlopers, of the most merciful had to die, he ever saw me. And on such testimony, I would take revenge or not live myself. God who saw everything, and also man, that God had to die. Man cannot bear it. That such a witness should live.

Michael Horton
I’ve even heard people who grew up in the church say something like this when they leave the Christian faith and no longer believe in God. In their hearts. They think they have killed God, because either it is about a God who knows all your dirtiest corners and has mercy on you. Or up close. Do not look up to the sky. But focus on yourself and what you can possibly do to pull yourself out of your ruts. And then there are many Christians who simply say that no one knows what it’s like, now. For me. No one knows what it’s like to suffer. Fill in the blanks. And above all, God. How can I take these problems to God when God is unchanging? He is impossible. He is sovereign. He cannot tempt or be tempted. Of all people, how can I bring my ugliness to the Father? What would you say to Nietzsche, his ugliest man? Well, I think we have an answer here in this passage, verses one through three have warned the listeners of the sermon, then it is true. God’s word permeates us. Through every cell, through every part of our soul, it seeks God knows, every dirty little corner of your heart. And on the last day, God’s judgment will expose everything. But then in verses 14 to 16, our passage, you have a turn from warning to comfort. In Christ, we have a better covenant based on better promises with a better mediator. We have a great high priest. And it’s wonderful, as usual, that biblical writers divide their sermons into three points, have you noticed? And so we have three points here. A glorious high priest, a charming high priest, and a gracious high priest. First of all, he is a glorious high priest, he has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, His glorious, crowned in majesty. So why go back to the kinds of shadows of the law that are just smoke compared to the reality that is Jesus enthroned in the true temple, the true sanctuary, sitting on the judgment seat, prepared to judge the nations. In the last day we have a glorious high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. We have a charming high priest. We are family. Brothers and sisters. It is something he emphasized in the second chapter. As the children are part of flesh and blood, he himself partook of the same things. Jesus did not receive his humanity from heaven. Jesus didn’t just look like a human being, he didn’t wear it like a space suit. Rather, he had the DNA of the Virgin Mary. He partook of our human nature. This changes the whole game, can I take my questions, my suffering, my pain and sorrows? For God, we are united with the God-man in a common humanity. And that means it’s not inappropriate regret. It is the sympathy He has for us. Because he knows exactly what it’s like to be tempted as we are. there

Michael Horton
it is that double phrase according to everything, according to everything but sin. Sometimes we think, well, he had to take on a sinful nature precisely in order to take on full humanity. But this is not true. There is nothing inherently, inherently sinful about human nature. Human nature is corrupted. But Jesus was the one who was born without that corruption, fully human. Not only that, it’s not like Minus was just sinless, he was more human than us. In the sense that he actually said, “Here I am with my father, as we ran in the garden, sewing fig leaves to cover our nakedness.” In fact, the holiest man, the most beautiful man who ever lived, experiences temptation more than you and I. For one who was holy, and I am not speaking only because he was divine, so thoroughly in his human nature that he fulfilled his duty and calling in that nature, to suffer real temptations such as we face every day . The real temptations to sin must have been the most terrible experience until Calvary.

Michael Horton
He is not naive. He is not a stoic who seems to live above all passions. He simply spent his entire life turning away from temptation to turn to his Father in passionate love and service. United in common temptation, pride and power, wealth and glory. This is what was promised in the temptation. When the devil tried to force Jesus to grasp his throne of glory instead of embracing his throne of the cross. or fear, even just before he is ready to raise Lazarus. Jesus weeps. He is terrified as he looks death in the face or the guests 70 Lord, Father, if it is possible, remove this cup from me. However, not my will but yours be done. Abuse and shame. The son of man has nowhere to lay his head. I thirst, ridicule, crown of thorns, loneliness, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? And yet without sin. but without sin, the most beautiful man did not pity only the ugliest man. He sympathizes with him, Jesus takes him. He is without sin for two reasons, first of all, as a priest and sacrifices a lamb without blemish, but also in his act of obedience, not only without sin, but completely obedient, as the writer says, later, perfect from that conviction. And that was it for us. And so to pride and power, he answered, the servant to God and to us. To be glorified, He said: No, I will take up the cross. To be afraid. He said: No, I will believe the poverty, sickness and discouragement that this brings, he restored life and hope to others. And as for solitude, he created a new community, with himself as the vine and his brothers and sisters as the branches. In response to abuse and shame, he responded with sympathy, mercy and justice. That is why we have faith, faith to come to the throne of grace. Other religions don’t have that, you remember, dance like I had a lawyer. A move in between? Well, you don’t have that in Islam. A writer who converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam says, I was always terrified by the apparent danger of seeing God in human form. In Islam, there is a problem that is the opposite of this. Because a person is alone before God. There is nothing they can hold on to and experiencing this loneliness before the absolute can sometimes be difficult. You cannot adhere to Muhammad because praying to him or asking anything from him is forbidden. Muslims think that the divinity of Allah is so great that even though the prophet is a high person, he is far from being so divine that all people can never pray to the Prophet or ask anything from him or anyone. other. In true Islam. There is no mediator between Allah and the slaves.

Michael Horton
It is Christ’s stature, not his nature, that has changed. He has now risen to the right hand of the Father, he who suffered and was tempted as we are, is the one who will judge the world at the last day.

Michael Horton
And this leads to the third and final point, very briefly, a gracious high priest notices how verse 14 begins, and again in verse 15. Since then, it’s an emphatic phrase, since then we have, we have Jesus because the boy became flesh. God became habitable for you and me. We can have God incarnate. We have a gracious high priest, therefore, he says, hold fast, confess, and approach the throne of grace with faith. He says no good, you don’t come anyway, God is very good. You’ll probably be fine with that doesn’t say, Well, you know, there’s a room here where you can go and work, fix things for a while, and I think you’ll get notice of that. noise How do you get to God? How can the ugliest man come to God, the only way he can come to God is by his sins. And he does not come to a throne of glory that will one day come to the throne of grace, to receive help, in time of need.

Michael Horton
John Calvin said, the basis of this assurance is that the throne of God is not clothed with majesty and naked glory to shame us, but is adorned with a new name, even that of grace, which will always be remembered whenever that we shun the presence of God, for the glory of God, the glory of God, when contemplated, can of itself produce nothing but fear and despair. That’s how terrible this is. So he saves us by wearing grace, like a flag around the throat. This is what I want to say to the ugliest person that I am, that you are and that everyone in the world is and praise God that Jesus became for us. Let us pray. Our gracious Father, we are in awe of your glory and even more of your grace and mercy. We thank you for placing that banner of grace and mercy beyond the throne which we feared would help us all. Participants in the splitting of the atom in that life of the ugliest man, help us to trust you to leave fear. To come in faith, grasping what we are able to grasp and pray in his name. Amen.


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