Christ the True and Better - Hebrews 5:5-8

Christ the True and Better

The True and Better High Priest

Hebrews 5:5-8 pt.2

READ: Hebrews 5:1-4  

God appoints the High Priest, not men. Christ was appointed by the Father once for all, just as men who were chosen and appointed to be High Priests for a time.

Hebrews 5:5-6 - “5 So also Christ did not exalt (dox-ad-zo: to cause the dignity or worth of a person or thing to become acknowledged) Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him (implied based on verse 1.) who said to Him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”; 6 as He says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” ( these 2 OT verses are used so you will know who has dox-ad-zo Christ. This is crucial to understand because of the obligation “ offer sacrifice for the people.” verse 3.)


The High Priest serves the will of the Father, not his own. saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42

Hebrews 5:7 - “7 In the days of his flesh, (before His resurrection) Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save (sozo: save a suffering one) Him from death (than-at-os: death comprising all the miseries arising from sin - See 2 Corinthians 5:21), and He was heard because of his reverence.” 

(see John 17:25-26)

Christ’s Priestly Prayer: John 17; Luke 22:39-46


Christ is our High Priest, our advocate, and our sacrifice.  “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.” - Hebrews 4:15

Hebrews 5:8 - “8 Although He was a Son, He learned (manthano: be informed, to become accustomed to) obedience (necessary to fulfill the plan of salvation, Luke 22:42 “…not My will but Yours be done”) through what He suffered. (pas-kho: to be affected, have a sensible experience, to undergo)”