THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GIFTED AND CHOSEN LEADERS
Printed Text: Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10
Key Verse: Hebrews 4:14 (NIV)
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Gifted leaders carry out specific responsibilities on behalf of the communities they serve. How are such leaders chosen? Jesus was appointed by God to serve as High Priest for the people.
In today’s lesson, we continue our study of the book of Hebrews by looking at Jesus Christ, who is our Great High Priest—who not only ministers to us but also bears our infirmities. We see Him as one who is greater than any high priest, Jesus is our Great High Priest!
The Christian conception of God is one that sees God as having compassion for the human race. God is interested in the everyday affairs of men and women because He knows the things that we all need in order to thrive and survive. He is compassionately involved in our everyday struggles. Though He is high and lifted up, He is still able to condescend to our level of human experience. The evidence of the Scriptures is too great and too convincing for us not to believe this fact. God does care. (1 Peter 5:7) God is grieved over us!
Heavenly Father, grant that we may feel the pain and see the hurts of those around us. May we not be tempted to turn deaf ears or close our eyes to the plight of the poor and hungry. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.