Jesus Offers Us a Better Hope

During my middle school years, I was fortunate enough to have a friend that would regularly take me to Oklahoma State wrestling matches and basketball games. One afternoon, in between one of the wrestling matches, we saw a few of the basketball players walking around the bottom of the arena. My friend and I, basketball team posters in hand, walked down to the players to ask for their autographs, but something strange happened when we opened our mouths…no words came out! It was all we could muster to hand them our Sharpie and posters and give a quiet “thank you” before heading back to our seats. Maybe you can relate to my star-struck story. The Jewish Christians in Hebrews certainly could. To

Jesus Offers the Best Salvation

To the Hebrew audience, leaving Christianity was simply a matter of convenience and nothing more. What they were used to was better than what they currently had or so they thought. In Hebrews 6 the Hebrew writer pauses his discussion of the high priesthood of Jesus in order to correct some very wrong thinking. Leaving Christianity for Judaism was not just a simple change, it was an act of treason against God. In fact, leaving Christianity for Judaism was akin to crucifying Jesus for a second time (Heb. 6:4-6). In urging them not to leave, the Hebrew reminds them of some “better” things they have, specifically regarding their salvation (6:9). What they have with Jesus is worth holding on to a

Jesus Is Better At Understanding Our Pain

There are only a handful of feelings better than the feeling you get when you come home from a long day of work, kick back on your recliner and relax. Unfortunately, not every day ends with such a delightful rest. Last week we looked at the great rest that Jesus provides for His people (Heb. 3-4). Though the rest is better, it’s also a rest that looks towards the future. Some days it can be hard to keep moving forward when the rest seems so far away. To that point the Hebrew writer provides hope: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 While our eternal sabbath r

Jesus Provides a Better Rest

To the Jewish people the Sabbath day was one of great importance. Serving as a reminder of God’s resting from creation (Ex. 20:8) and as a reminder of their deliverance from Egyptian slavery (Deut. 5:15) the Sabbath day was a commanded day of rest for the people of God under the old covenant. Having established Jesus as a better messenger (Heb. 1) with a better message (Heb. 2) and a better standing in the house of God than Moses (Heb. 3) the Hebrew author knows turns his attention to a doctrinal pillar of Judaism, the Sabbath day. In Hebrews chapter 4 we read: “For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the

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