“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
Hebrews 1: 3
Hebrews 1-2 (Psalm 25)
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Neither the author nor the recipients of this letter are confirmed; what is clear is its aim. The letter seeks to prove Jesus Christ’s supremacy and encourages the readers to hear, understand, believe and obey.
The letter confirms Christ’s identity as God’s Son, His superiority over angels and the fact that He is the only source of salvation for humankind. The emphasis on angels is probably due to the recipients being Jewish and the connection with the Law (the Torah). We are told that multitudes of angels appeared when God gave the Law to Moses (Deut. 33: 2). As Jesus fulfils the Law (Matt. 5: 17), His supremacy to angels is crucial.
God’s salvation of grace is truly explained in chapter 2. Jesus became one of us and lived a perfect life giving His life in self-sacrifice to be an atonement for our sins. Christ was and always has been perfect. His suffering made perfect His sacrificial death on our behalf. He had not sinned so did not have to face death; He faced it in our place. The wonderful result is that we have a Saviour who truly understand us. He intercedes for us on our behalf before God and makes atonement for our sins. He is also the perfect image of God the Father in a way that helps us to ‘see’ and know God. There is a clear warning in this blessing; do not ignore this confirmed and substantiated salvation – it does not get any better or more clear than this!
The Earth and the Universe shout out the truth of a Creator God. Prophets, signs and wonders have, over the millennia, confirmed this truth; there is one God. The Bible from Genesis to Revelation makes Him known to us along with His plan of salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ and His resurrection prove the truth. Since then millions of lives have testified to and proved this salvation. Our own hearts confirm that there is a God. HOW CAN WE IGNORE THIS WONDER??? It is as plain as the noses on our faces with bells and whistles!
There are big lessons of application in these two chapters: put your faith and trust in God through Jesus Christ, do not ignore the gift of life; secondly, in Jesus we can truly know God; thirdly God uses suffering to perfect us and help us become what we were always meant to be in His image; and finally if you have made this step of faith, do not drift away. The Greek words for ‘drift away’ imply ‘slipping away,’ such as an arrow slipping from the quiver. Departure from the faith usually comes from slow drifting, not a sudden departure. A timely word of warning in our current circumstances.
The Question of Application
Hebrews calls us to fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith. What causes you to take your eyes of our Saviour and drift away; how might you refocus on our Lord?
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13: 20-21
Turn your eyes upon Jesus by Lauren Daigle
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