Summary: A sermon on Hebrews 8 on the better ministry, better promises and better covenant (Outline taken from Pulpit Commentary)
Jerome said, “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.” In this case, what is better is the best.
The word “better” is used in Hebrews twelve times. The book speaks of “better things” (6:9), “better hope” (7:19), “better covenant” (7:22), “better promises” (8:6), “better sacrifices” (9:23), “better possessions” (10:34), “better country” (11:16), and a “better resurrection” (11:35).
The key to this brief chapter (8) seems to be vs. 6.
Thesis: This verse speaks of a better ministry, better promises and a better covenant
The verse does not use the word “better” here but it can be implied. NIV “superior”- KJV “more excellent ministry”- Contemporary English Version “serve in a much better way”
This verse mainly is talking about how Jesus is superior to the priests under the OT. We have to begin with Jesus and then begin talking about how this applies to us:
Jesus- his ministry is better or superior than the Jewish high priests in these ways
It is carried out on a higher plane.
The Jewish high priests ministered in the material tabernacle and temple, and for a brief time once a year were permitted to enter the Holy of Holies where God manifested his presence.
There were only copies and shadows of what is in heaven. Hebrews 8:5a
Jesus is the mediator of the heavenly tabernacle, the true tabernacle, which the Lord made. Hebrews 8:2
He ministers to greater numbers of people.
The ministry of the Jewish high priests were for the Jews only.
The ministry of Jesus Christ is for all mankind. He “tasted death for everyone”- Hebrews 2:9.
1 Timothy 2:5: There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Men and women of every nationality, and every race, and every age.
His ministry is enduring
The ministry of the each Jewish high priest ended at their death.
The ministry of our great High Priest is never ending. Hebrews 7:24 says that he has a permanent priesthood.
His mediation will never be superseded, never lose its attractiveness and glory. “Made perfect forever”- Hebrews 7:28
His ministry gives better results
The results of the ministry of the Jewish priesthood were symbolic and shadowy rather than real and lasting. Hebrews 8:5b. The earthly tabernacle, temple were made the best way they could be but how many times were they messed up, wrecked or destroyed.
Through the ministry of Christ we obtain real benefits and lasting blessings. Hebrews 10:34- we have better and lasting possessions.
Jesus ministers without human limitations. He has an unlimited ministry for He is seated at the right hand of God (Vs. 1) Great for Jesus but we will always have limitations!
Our ministry- by the way we do have a ministry through Jesus Christ- 1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.