Good Friday Lesson - Hebrews 4:16-5:10

From the Letter to the Hebrews

Let us go, therefore,
with confidence into the presence of God
that we may obtain mercy
and find favor in time of need.

For every representative taken from among us
is appointed to act on our behalf
in the things that relate to God.

They offer gifts and sacrifices for sin
and have compassion on those who are ignorant and err,
because they also are encompassed with weakness.

So too, Christ did not seek glory
but was chosen by God who said,
“You are my Beloved:
this day have I begotten you.”

God also said,
“You are the Anointed One
according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Though anointed,
Jesus learned obedience through suffering,
became the source of eternal salvation,
and was appointed by God as our representative
according to the order of Melchizedek.

Sin came into the world,
and with it came death.
It spread to the whole world,
the whole human race,
because all have sinned.

So then,
a single offense condemned all people.
In the same way,
the one righteous act sets all of us free,
giving life.

We have been reconciled to God
through the death of Jesus Christ.
Grace came to so many as an abundant free gift.