Hebrews

Jesus is Greater

 

 

 

All of Scripture points to Jesus and faith in him. The entire Old Testament served as a shadow of the greater realities found in Christ. In that sense, Jesus is greater than all things, even the glorious things found under the Old Covenant. He is greater than Moses, the Sabbath, the priesthood, and the sacrifices. This has every implication for the believer’s faith and living. There simply is no life apart from Christ and Christians of every generation must worship him as the greatest of all.

Jesus is Greater

Hebrews 1:1-4

Abraham Cremeens

January 2, 2022

The book of Hebrews lays everything next to Jesus in comparison and offers a resounding, “Jesus is greater!” God spoke and made himself known. These first four verses celebrate seven wonderful truths about Jesus that provide fuel for a life that is all about him.

Jesus is Greater as God the Son

Hebrews 1:5-15

Chad Moore

January 9, 2022

The letter of Hebrews is a sermon written to a church during a time of great persecution both from the government and from family because of their faith in Christ. Quite often in times of persecution, we are tempted to compromise what we believe to lessen the persecution or attempt to fit in better. If the people to whom this sermon was given could find a way to rationalize that Jesus was just another angel, perhaps even a great angel, then they would be welcome back home again, back to their jobs, gain their inheritance back, and even back to the synagogue. But friends there is no compromise to be made, the question we must ask is, do we trust the love of God to sustain us when the world is against us and our family is too?  

Jesus is the Greater Savior

Hebrews 2:1-18

Chad Moore

January 16, 2022

Jesus has come to bring restoration where there is brokenness, Jesus has come not to just be part of life, but as our King and champion. Where access to the King and the Kingdom was seemingly lost in Genesis 3:24, the King has come to restore full access. 

Jesus is the Greater Moses pt 1

Hebrews 3:1-6

Abraham Cremeens

January 23, 2022

Our next comparison is between Moses and Jesus. The passage celebrates Moses’ faithfulness in serving God. But that serves to point to the faithfulness of Christ in God’s redemptive plan. This week we will concentrate on Moses and next week, Lord willing, we will celebrate the wonders of Christ as the greater Moses.

Jesus is the Greater Moses pt 2

Hebrews 3:1-6

Abraham Cremeens

January 30, 2022

As we take another pass through these six verses, we focus explicitly on the faithful person and work of Jesus. Moses pointed to him as the greater Savior, the greater Builder, with a greater role as God the Son. Consider him and consider him often. Only then will you be prepared to hold fast to him amid the storms.

Jesus is the Greater Rest pt 1

Hebrews 3:7-4:13

Abraham Cremeens

February 13, 2022

God desires his people to experience his rest. He formed it in the fabric of creation. He included it in the Ten Commandments. He offers it eternally in Jesus Christ. But rest comes on the back end of daily commitment to Jesus. You can reject his rest or receive it. Consider the warning of Numbers 14 and the opportunity of Genesis 2 as you pursue a life with Jesus as the greater rest.

Jesus is the Greater Rest pt 2

Hebrews 3:7-4:13

Abraham Cremeens

February 20, 2022

God desires his people to experience his rest and he supplies everything they need to receive it. It is a daily invitation to press in and enjoy. But it requires a certain bent in life that is influenced by the voices we hear. You will need to guide your heart to hear his voice in his Word and you will need his people to come alongside you. All of this helps you strive to enter his rest today and in the eternal tomorrow.

Jesus is the Greater High Priest (part 1)

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Abraham Cremeens

February 27, 2022

God is holy and sin is a very big deal. God is gracious to pursue us at all. Yet he has always paved a way for his people to know and worship him. Under the old covenant, God appointed the High Priest to lead the way in worship. It was a role that pointed to both God’s holiness and his grace. But that role also served to point to the greater high priest, Jesus Christ, who would give himself as the perfect sacrifice for sinners.

Jesus is the Greater High Priest (part 2)

Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Abraham Cremeens

March 6, 2022

Last week we experienced the heaviness of sin that we might celebrate the weight of grace. God is holy and sin is a very big deal. But while our sins are many, his mercy is more. We continue that theme but with a view of the work of Jesus as the greater High Priest. He led the way to God and cleansed the way to God in a greater way than any priest before him. Run to him, therefore, and receive his grace.

Jesus is the Greater Hope

Hebrews 5:11-6:20

Abraham Cremeens

March 13, 2022

We now come to a pastoral checkpoint after considerable attention to the person of Jesus in the first five chapters. It’s time to look inside and evaluate just how tight your hold is on Jesus. There is a deep challenge and warning regarding the destruction of falling away from him. There simply is no pilgrimage apart from Jesus. It is a call to persevere in the faith as you depend on his grace.

Jesus is the Greater Melchizedek

Hebrews 7

Jeremiah Stevens

March 20, 2022

The author of Hebrews draws on the Old Testament character of Melchizedek to show Jesus as a priest from a new order than the Levitical priesthood. As such, he ushers in a new covenant, new law, new way to relate to God - through him who is continually interceding on our behalf.

Jesus is the Greater High Priest (part 3)

Hebrews 7:26-8:5

Chad Moore

March 27, 2022

Not only does Jesus identify with us in our humanity as high priest. He is also sitting down at the right hand of the Father, indicating that his work is complete, his sacrifice sufficient. As God in the flesh, completely perfect and holy, his sacrifice is not like those of priests who had to first atone for their sins. For both reasons, we can have complete confidence as we approach him.

Jesus brings the Greater Covenant

Hebrews 8:6-13

Chad Moore

April 3, 2022

The old covenants are conditional, pointing us forward to fulfillment. Jesus Christ obeyed the covenant and earned the blessing, but then, at the end of his life, took the curse of the covenant that we deserved. He took the conditional covenant of old and made it unconditional for those who would believe in Him.

Jesus is the Greater Life part 1

Hebrews 9:1-14

Abraham Cremeens

May 1, 2022

The Old Covenant tabernacle carried rich spiritual meaning in its elements and protocols. The whole experience reminded God’s people that he is holy, and that sin is a very big deal. Christ fulfilled that entire tabernacle experience and reframed it for the lives of his new covenant people. By faith in Jesus, you are called to live a tabernacle life. 

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Jesus is the Greater Life part 2

Hebrews 9:15-28

Abraham Cremeens

May 8, 2022

As we continue to unpack Christ’s work of redemption, we now come to a future dynamic. Jesus did so much in history as the greater High Priest and Savior. But we also long for the day of his return at which we will fully participate in the eternal inheritance he provides. If you are discouraged today, take heart because Jesus is coming and will complete the work he started in you.

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Jesus is the Greater Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:1-18

Will Peycke

May 15, 2022

The writer/preacher, having delivered his teaching concerning the finished work of Jesus, now summarizes the teaching of the previous chapters by pointing (again!) to Jesus, specifically his sacrifice and great priesthood. Drawing near to God is the goal for the reader/hearer of this message. Since the follower of Jesus has authorization to enter the holy places through the blood of Jesus and has the representation of Jesus, the great priest who “always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25), there are three specific exhortations concerning life given in the passage under consideration today. The chapter then concludes by urging the church to whom this letter was written/preached through yet another warning and a walk down memory lane to find their faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ alone! 

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Jesus is the Greater Confidence

Hebrews 10:19-39

Paul Briggs

May 22, 2022

The Old Covenant sacrifices were temporary and could never take away sins. They were only a reminder of sins, placeholders pointing to the wages of sin and the need for a substitute. Now, the “once for all,” New Covenant sacrifice of Jesus has provided the true form of those shadows. Instead of being a temporary covering, Jesus’ sacrifice provides complete forgiveness. Instead of being a reminder of sins, Jesus’ sacrifice results in our sins being remembered no more. No other sacrifice is necessary or possible.

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Jesus and our Faith part 1

Hebrews 11:1-22

Abraham Cremeens

June 12, 2022

Humanity tends to put most of its confidence in what can be seen. As Christians, though, we are called to put more confidence in what is unseen. From the very start, God’s people have always walked by faith, believing God and his promises under any circumstances. By faith, we know God is always working and will fulfill everything in the new creation.

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Jesus and our Faith part 2

Hebrews 11:23-40

Abraham Cremeens

June 19, 2022

From the very start, God’s people have always walked by faith, believing God and his promises under any circumstances. By faith, we know God is always working and will keep his word. As we continue in this chapter, we now come to see that true faith is willing to make any sacrifice on its way to receiving God’s best. We can count the cost of living for Jesus because any cost is worth it for him.

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Jesus and our Faith part 3

Hebrews 12:1-2

Abraham Cremeens

June 26, 2022

From the very start, God’s people have always walked by faith, believing God and his promises under any circumstances. By faith, we know God is always working and will keep his word. As we finish this passage, we now come to see that true faith endures to the end. That perseverance is helped as we observe God’s perfect track record in the Word, fight against sin, and keep our eyes on Jesus.

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Jesus and our Endurance

Hebrews 12:3-17

Will Peycke

July 3, 2022

When you feel weak and weary, don’t let your hardships divert you from the path of faith. Instead, remember that God uses hardship as discipline to build our endurance and make us more like Jesus. Like a good father, God’s discipline is not angry punishment but loving training. In fact, when God allows hardship into our lives, it is evidence that we are truly his children. Like a wise coach, he will push us harder than feels comfortable, but he knows what he is doing. God’s discipline is painful in the present, but it leads to wisdom and blessing in the future. 

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Jesus is the Greater Voice

Hebrews 12:18-29

Gamaliel Ortiz

July 10, 2022

In this passage, Mount Sinai is contrasted with Mount Zion. The first was a frightful experience for Israel in which God’s voice was booming with terror and judgment. The second was a picture of joy in God’s very dwelling place, enjoyed by those who listen to God’s voice in the gospel. The author invites us to look at our relationship with God through the lens of Mount Zion, with grateful hearts overflowing in worship.

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Jesus and the Christian Life part 1

Hebrews 13:1-8

Chad Moore

July 17, 2022

We experience the fullness of the Glory of God (and likewise display the Glory of God to the world) here on earth when we live in true community; however we can only live in true community when we are content and as we are faithful.

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Jesus and the Christian Life part 2

Hebrews 13:9-19

Abraham Cremeens

July 24, 2022

Hebrews 13 equips us toward a lifestyle of worship. Jesus not only saved you from your sins; he also called you into a new priesthood in the service of the King. Your life is now a sacred space, a tabernacle that encompasses every area of your life. Pursue a life of worship for the glory of his name.

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Jesus and the Saved Life

Hebrews 13:20-25

Abraham Cremeens

July 31, 2022

We come to the close of Hebrews and see yet again a window into the glory and grace of God. These final verses reveal in summary form the greatness of God and all he has done for us by his grace. The blessing-benediction is a prayer to hold on to. Your God is great and his work in you is sufficient. Receive the blessing of his grace.

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