Please take a few minutes to read this week's text and think about the questions as we prepare our minds for worship.
"Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him."
1. What comes to your mind when you think of a 'mediator'?
2. Why do we need a mediator before God? Why didn't God simply declare our our sins forgiven?
3. Why is sacrifice always necessary for our sins to be covered?
4. Christ has entered into heaven to "appear on our behalf" (v. 24). What does He accomplish through this ministry of intercession?
5. Christ does not need to suffer repeatedly in order to save from sin (v. 26). If Jesus' sacrifice was so perfect that he only needed to offer himself once for all sins, what conclusion can we draw about the nature of Jesus?