The author moves the discussion to Jesus’s role as high priest. Not only is Jesus savior, he is also a high priest chosen by God. But Jesus isn’t like other high priests before him, because he was sinless and never needed to make a sin offering for himself. The writer then takes a brief aside to discuss the immaturity of his audience. He encourages them to not be lazy in their faith, but to follow the examples of faithfulness they have seen. And he uses the example of God’s promise to Abraham as a means of confidence.
The implications of Jesus being both savior and high priest are huge. Not only did he save us, but he also intercedes for us. He offered himself as the sacrifice to God and remains a high priest forever. It is comforting to know we have a high priest who not only can relate to our difficulties, but also is not subject to the same frailty of sin that we are. This should push us toward faith and perseverance.
Are you growing toward maturity in your faith?