October 14/Hebrew 1

Here is a great explanation of what the book of Hebrews if all about:

It seems odd to have to say so, but too much religion is a bad thing. We can’t get too much of God, can’t get too much faith and obedience, can’t get too much love and worship. But religion—the well-intentioned efforts we make to “get it all together” for God—can very well get in the way of what God is doing for us. The main and central action is everywhere and always what God has done, is doing, and will do for us. Jesus is the revelation of that action. Our main and central task is to live in responsive obedience to God’s action revealed in Jesus. Our part in the action is the act of faith.
But more often than not we become impatiently self-important along the way and decide to improve matters with our two cents’ worth. We add on, we supplement, we embellish. But instead of improving on the purity and simplicity of Jesus, we dilute the purity, clutter the simplicity. We become fussily religious, or anxiously religious. We get in the way.
That’s when it’s time to read and pray our way through the letter to the Hebrews again, written for “too religious” Christians, for “Jesus-and” Christians. In the letter, it is Jesus-and-angels, or Jesus-and-Moses, or Jesus-and-priesthood. In our time it is more likely to be Jesus-and-politics, or Jesus-and-education, or even Jesus-and-Buddha. This letter deletes the hyphens, the add-ons. The focus becomes clear and sharp again: God’s action in Jesus. And we are free once more for the act of faith, the one human action in which we don’t get in the way but on the Way.
Peterson, E. H. (2005). The Message: the Bible in contemporary language (Heb). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
Verses 1-2 > Why did God wait so long before sending us Jesus? Could it be that he waited so that we would come to the realization that we are losers, we are failures, we don’t have it together, we don’t have the answers, and that we would finally say, “We need your son, we need a savior, we need Jesus.”
     Its kind of like putting together your daughters doll house and after a few hours of confusion you throw your hands up in the air and say, “I guess I better read the instructions!”
Verse 3 > Jesus is the very character of God, Jesus created the world and he holds it together. Jesus cleansed us from our sins and Jesus sits in the place of honor in heaven.
Verse 4 > Jesus is greater than angels and he has a greater name.
Verse 5 > Jesus is God’s only son.
Verse 6 > Even angels worship Jesus.
Verse 7 > Angels serve Jesus.
Verse 8 > Jesus is God and he will rule forever. Nobody overthrows Jesus.
Verse 9 > Nobody loves justice and hates evil like Jesus and no one is more joyful! God is not a sourpuss!
Verse 10 > Jesus brought into existence the very earth that we stand on. This is his world!
Verse 11 > Jesus will never grow old, wear out and become useless.
Verse 12 > Jesus is the only thing worth keeping in life.
Verse 13 > Don’t place your faith in anything other than Jesus.
Verse 14 > Jesus is the one who sends his angels to help take care of us. Jesus is the only one who can help us navigate our way through this life successfully.
In the Fergus Falls Daily Journal they profile a student from the high schools in the area and also from M State College in town. One question they always ask is, “If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?” I have yet to read anybody saying, “Jesus!”
Take some time to meditate on Jesus today.
Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Hebrews opens up with a reminder that God first sent prophets, who tended to be ignored, and then sent his own son. The first chapter then moves to show, from the old testament, why Jesus is greater than either the prophets or angels.