Jesus is Better Than the Best Hebrew

How would you respond if someone insulted your spouse, your child, or your parents? Chances are good you’d take the insult personally and find it hard to be calm or pleasant in your response. You can imagine then how the Jewish Christians felt about this next section of Hebrews. Having already established Jesus as a better messenger than angels in chapter 1 and as a deliverer of a better message in chapter 2, the Hebrew writer now turns his attention to one of the titans of the Hebrew faith, a man who to many Jews is a father-figure, Moses. “For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses – as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself…Now Moses

The Message of Jesus is Better

Last week we talked about Jesus’ superiority as a messenger (Heb. 1:3-14). As we continue through the book of Hebrews, the Hebrews writer shows us that Jesus is not only a better messenger, but that His message is of far greater substance than the former message of the old covenant. Hebrews 1:1-4 and 2:1-4 serve as parallel or bookend passages. In both sections the messages of the Old and New Testament are compared. We are told that the Old Testament was: Delivered by prophets of old (1:1) and Declared by angels (2:2). Compare this with what is said about the New Testament: Spoken to us by God’s Son Jesus (1:2; 2:3). Proven by witnesses (2:3). Witnesses by God the Father Himself through sign

Jesus is a Better Messenger

In the opening verses of the book of Hebrews we are encouraged to compare and contrast two covenants, specifically in regards to how they were given. “Long ago” we are told that God delivered His saving message through prophets (1:1), but now God speaks to us through His Son (1:2). The Son, Jesus, then has His credentials laid out for us in 1:3: He is the radiance of the glory of God He is the exact imprint of his nature He upholds the universe by the word of his power He is the purifier of sins He is seated at the right hand of God All of these things make Jesus “better” than the angels both in name and message. The rest of the chapter shows quote after quote from various locations in Psalm

What Makes Christianity "Better"

For just a moment imagine what it would have been like to sit on the mountainside and hear Jesus preach. How would His words have sounded? What is the reaction of the crowd around you? Imagine walking through town after town seeing lame people stand up and walk and deaf people hear. How would these miracles make you feel? Imagine having seen and heard about these and more amazing moments from the life of Jesus only to turn around a few years later and leave Christianity. This is the position the Christians in Hebrews find themselves in. Once they were people who heard the incredible miraculous feats of Jesus. Now, they were people who would rather ignore all of that and go back to Judaism. O

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