by Abraham Cremeens
The book of Hebrews has been very refreshing and enjoyable. We determined to take the long road, breaking several sermons up over multiple weeks, and I believe it paid off. We wanted to take our time exploring what the Old Testament had to say. That aided our appreciation and celebration of Jesus all the more, and now we are left with one ultimate conclusion: Jesus really is greater.
God did great things prior to the birth in Bethlehem. We have much to glean and learn about God and ourselves from Genesis to Malachi. But in Christ, we see the climax of God’s redemptive plan within the creation he has made.
Now, as we approach the end of this marvelous book, I would like to summarize a few points we have navigated since January.
The Old Testament Is Great
We enjoyed several touchpoints, exploring the life of Moses and unpacking the desert wandering. We took a long look at the border of Canaan and the disastrous decision of Israel to reject the promised land rest God intended to provide. We took a museum-paced view of the Tabernacle with all of its objects that aided worship. The role of the High Priest appeared again and again, showing us just how holy God is and the reality that sin is a very big deal.
It seems our familiarity with the Old Testament wanes with each decade. That reality makes me grateful for this long detour through its depths. There is a wealth there to be excavated. We meet God there. We see ourselves there. And, most importantly, we see our need for a Savior there.
Jesus Christ Is Greater
The Old Testament is incredibly valuable. It is God’s Word and a record of God’s work. But it serves primarily to point humanity toward the Christ who would save his people from their sins. Moses existed to point to Christ. The Promised Land existed to point to Christ. The Sabbath existed to point to Christ. All of it pointed to Christ. Christ has arrived, and he is the greater Savior, the greater Moses, the greater Sabbath, and the greater High Priest.
But that’s not all. Put anything next to Jesus, and he will prove greater every single time. He is greater than your bank account, your family and friends, your career, and your very breath. We’ve seen it again and again, and each time we step away with greater reason to celebrate him. It is a life well lived that focuses on the person of Christ.
Stay Fixed on Him
The original Christian readers of this fine book were under pressure to abandon Jesus for the Old Covenant protocols. Hebrews was written primarily to point them yet again to the greatness of Jesus so that they might stay true to him. The author of Hebrews urged them, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith" (12:1-2).
This urgency remains for us in 2022. Every generation of the church must decide if she will stay true to Christ or abandon him for lesser things. We don’t manage this call with self-reliance. It is a faith journey, our pilgrimage through the minutes and moments of life. We reach the finish line with eyes fixed on Jesus day by day. But that is a daily choice and commitment.
There is more that could be said but, then again, why not just read through Hebrews again on your own. We started this journey to explore the fact that Jesus is greater. Now, as we near the end of the book, we conclude that yes, Jesus really is greater. He is worth our worship. He is worth our whole lives. And, if he calls us to it, he is even worth our death.
We will never graduate from this book. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Walk by faith. Celebrate and worship him day by day. Live your life in Christ-centered worship.