Explore the Bible
September 7, 2014
Life is hard.
We see examples of that every day on the news, in the lives of our friends and even in our own lives. We struggle with doubt and with ridicule and persecution regarding our faith.
The author of Hebrews wanted Jewish Christians, who had been facing some of these same issues, to understand the superiority of Christ. This would help them stay strong in their Christianity when they were tempted to return to Judaism just because it was familiar and comfortable.
The author desired for the Jewish Christians to have no doubt about Jesus’ superiority over everything, so by using several descriptions, he revealed the true identity of Jesus as God (Heb. 1:3). Jesus has been “appointed heir of all things” and is the “radiance of God’s glory” (Heb. 1:2-3).
Jesus is the exact representation of God in a human body, “sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Heb. 1:3).
Most importantly, after Jesus had provided purification for sins by dying on the cross, He sat down at the right hand of God (Heb. 1:3). By Jesus sitting down, He was illustrating the work was complete. Christ’s sacrifice was final. No other rules or sacrifices are needed.
The same God who created the universe also died for each person.
By realizing who Jesus is, we should never doubt that God can and will forgive any sin if we just come to Him. There is no sin too big for Jesus, the God of the universe, to forgive.
Remembering Jesus’ superiority will help us during times in which we experience ridicule, struggle with doubt and face persecution.
Each and every day, we must strive to live by faith and not fall back into trying to meet minimum religious requirements.
Hebrews clearly illustrates Jesus is superior to the angels, any religion, any Jewish leaders and any priests, so don’t be fooled by any substitute or alternative to Jesus!