The Savior We Need (4)

During his earthly life, [Jesus] offered prayers and appeals with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was the Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered. After he was perfected, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, and he was declared by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:7-10 CSB)

And so Jesus was indeed declared to be just the Savior sinners like us need. David Peterson helps us review the first three devotionals on this topic: “Son of God though he was, he experienced the temptation to swerve from doing the will of his Father because of the suffering involved. He needed to learn what obedience to God involved in practical terms, in the condition of human life on earth, so that he could sympathize with those similarly tested and teach us by his own example how far God ought to be submitted to and obeyed” (NBC, 1994, p. 1333). He thus was perfected, that is, he was qualified to be the perfect sacrifice for sinners. His resurrection from the dead and ascension into heaven confirmed his perfect accomplishment. His sending of the Holy Spirit sealed the deal.

Those who trust Jesus, who have been saved by grace through faith, share in his salvation accomplished from sin, death, and the devil. And so we obey Jesus. Jesus was once asked, what does it mean to be doing the works of God. Jesus replied, “This is the work of God—that you believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29). Do you believe on Jesus? He is entirely fit to be the great High Priest you and I need. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them (Heb. 7:25).

PRAYER: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About Joseph V. (Josh) Carmichael

Board Certified Chaplain. Ordained Minister. Adjunct Professor. Writer. Husband to my dear wife. Father of six young men. (PhD, SBTS; MDiv, RTS; MBA, UA)
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