In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. (Hebrews 5:7)

The author of Hebrews explains that in his high priestly role, Jesus  “offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death.” The word for “supplications” in Greek is hiketéria and it only appears here in the New Testament. It carries with it the meaning of “extending an olive branch,” which connotes supplicating for peace on one’s behalf.

This simple word, supplication, should uncover an infinite depth of truth and comfort. It was as if Jesus sat before the Father continually offering an olive branch as a symbol of peace on our behalf. It was as if he cried, “Give them peace through me, give them peace, O Holy Father. Though they are enemies, do not cast them off. Give them peace.”

Jesus accomplished peace for us in his death on the cross. All who receive this sacrifice for sin by faith receive this peace. This is not an inner tranquility (though it will include that). It primarily means that we are no longer enemies of God, that is, we are no longer at war with him. God has drawn us to himself and we have been so loved by him that we have laid down our weapons. There is reconciliation. We are no longer enemies; we are welcomed as friends. We are no longer sons of disobedience; we are ushered in as heirs.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).

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