Today is day 88 in our journey through the Bible in 90 days.
Do you remember the days of show & tell? You brought in your favorite toy/pet/food to show your class and reveal your awesomeness for owning that thing. In a way, the book of Hebrews is like show & tell with Jesus. It displays how much better He is than the Old Testament system, priests, and sacrifices.
Hebrews is a daunting book to read, but especially to recap. There is so much to be said that it’s impossible to do it justice, but here’s one of the main themes… JESUS IS BETTER.
He’s better than the angels (1:4);
He’s better than Moses (3:3);
His Tabernacle and offerings are better (9:1-14);
and He made a better sacrifice (10:1-4).
Hebrews reveals that the Old Testament system, although functional in its day, has now been superseded by the One who it was all pointing to in the first place: JESUS!
In other words, if the Old Testament was a rotary dial phone, Jesus is an iPhone. (Of course we know He’s cooler than that, but you get the idea.)
Using the Old Testament and its worship systems as a background, the author of Hebrews paints a picture of Jesus as the Great High Priest who is better than all those who came before Him.
But it doesn’t stop at just lifting up Jesus, it does what any Bible book should do and it points to the response we should have in light of how great Jesus is. For instance, Hebrews 4 says that since our High Priest is Jesus, we should “hold fast our confession” (cling to our faith in Him) and approach Him with confidence. Hebrews 10 echoes some of the same thoughts…
“and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:21-23
Continuing with that theme of faith-filled living, the author dives into numerous Old Testament example of faith in Hebrews 11. Many people call this chapter “The Hall of Faith” because it’s such an amazing display of men and women who did amazing things “by faith.”
They all set an example for us because they were ordinary people who God used to do extraordinary things. They weren’t superhuman by any means – they sinned, but they also loved Jesus and trusted Him to work in their lives despite their faults!
Hebrews 12 continues with what we can do since Jesus is so great. We can endure sacrifice, chastisement, and more.
Although it’s very simple, I believe this verse from the final chapter of Hebrews paints a simple, but magnificent picture of Jesus…
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8
In a world of constantly changing systems, leaders, public officials, rules, and loopholes, it’s refreshing to remember that at least one things stays constant: JESUS. He’s all we need and He’ll always be all we need.