The Letter to the Hebrews Message Eight
We are continuing today to learn of our Lord Jesus Christ and His exalted position above all things. Paul continued to present evidence to the readers of this letter that Jesus is worthy of our worship, of our love, and our obedience. We should delight in Him as we see His –
b. Superiority proved. 1:5-14 Read 1:5-9 Through His –
1). Relationship. 1:5
He is the eternal Son of God, without beginning and without end. He deserves all –
2). Reverence. Hebrews 1:6
“…let all the angels of God worship him”. His absolute –
3). Righteousness. 1:7-9 Everlasting righteousness, absolutely holy!
This morning we will see Him exalted through Redemption and Rule. First –
4). Redemption. Hebrews 1:10-12 What do we learn about Jesus being greater than all things through these verses? What is Paul saying?
Actually Paul was quoting Psalm 102 which would remind the Jews that they had been a people with no identity because of their sin against God. Their land had been taken, the city of David had been destroyed and the Temple of the living God had been broken down. They had been taken away to a strange land and were concerned about who they were and what would become of them. This concern of the people is noted in verses 1 through 11. “…Because of thine indignation and thy wrath; for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.”
Their confidence builds as they think about God’s promise to them and in verses 12 through 22 they rejoiced in the knowledge that He will restore His people Israel. The psalmist asked the Lord to give him life so he would live to see the restoration of the people in verses 23,24.
In the passage of Hebrews before us, Paul quotes verses 25-28. He reminded them that God is faithful and will keep all of His promises to His people.
These Jewish believers would read the Psalm and understand how the psalmist felt. They were also struggling with their identity as Jewish Christians. The Holy Spirit led Paul to write these words to encourage them and remind them that what God has promised, He would fulfill. The readers were like the two disciples who left Jerusalem on the first day of the week after the crucifixion –
In Luke 24:18-24 we find that the resurrected Lord joined them as they departed from Jerusalem. He questioned them about what they were talking about – …And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.
The Lord reproved them for their unbelief and then instructed them in truth –
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Jesus is the Messiah, greater than the prophets and served by the angels. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. He is the Creastor “…laying the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands…” We can trust in His promises “ …If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” He is the everlasting God. He is the Redeemer of His people, the Saviour of all that will come to Him in faith.
Romans 5:8-10 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. He is alive forevermore!!
Paul wrote the Lord as our Redeemer and also wrote of His –
5). Rule. Hebrews 1:13,14
a). The Majesty on High. “…sit on my right hand…”
b). The ministers – “…sent forth to minister…”servants of the Lord to accomplish His purpose.
1 Peter 3:22 Who I s gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
He is superior, greater than all!
Isaiah saw Him as the Righteous One, Holy and lifted up –
Isaiah 6:1-3 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
He saw Him as the Redeeming One –
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
John saw Him as the Ruling One. “…I turned seven golden candlesticks: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks on like unto the Son of man…”
He is faithful to His promise! The Lord commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the gospel, then He promised “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
is walking among His churches – His body!
He is faithful, better than all things.
Is He your King?
Is He your Saviour?
Is He your Lord?