Summary: A look through the book of Hebrews looking at who Jesus is.
Jesus Is . . . !
November 19, 2017
I was going to start my message with this . . . Well, today is the day. Today we are finishing our study of the book of Hebrews. We’ve taken a look at discovering who Jesus is in our lives. Early in the book, we discovered Jesus is
bigger and better than the angels
bigger and better than Moses and Aaron
bigger and better than the best of the sacrifices
bigger and better than the great high priests
bigger and better than Melchizedek, the great high priest
We’ve learned Jesus is the great, holy and pure sacrifice. He’s the One who gave His life for us. He’s the One who is the same . . . yesterday, today and forever. And today, we finish with some exhortations for the church which is based on who Jesus is.
Well, that’s really how I started today’s message. But, let me give away the ending. If you don’t want to hear me, just put your hands over your ears for 20 seconds. We will have one final week on Hebrews next Sunday. I’ll tell you more later in the message.
As for now . . . Do you remember playing the game Follow the Leader or Simon Says? Those games are predicated on you following whoever is leading. You do whatever the leader does and do whatever Simon says. Sometimes it’s pretty easy, sometimes it’s pretty difficult
Leaders come in all shapes, sizes and varieties. Leaders can be anyone in our world. They can be business leaders, but also they can be politicians, teachers, coaches, pastors, parents, peers. The list of potential leaders is endless. Sometimes, we have people who are leading who we really trust and admire. Those are people who are willing to do the very thing they are asking you to do. People who you see as moral, ethical and trustworthy. People who truly care for you. People you are willing to follow.
At other times, we’ve had some leaders who may ask us to do some things which are really unreasonable. Maybe even things which are illegal, immoral or unethical. We have a much more difficult time following those leaders, don’t we?
Now, as we begin to look at our final chapter of Hebrews, beginning in 13:7, the writer tells us ~
7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Very simply, the writer is asking us to remember our leaders. Remember those who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the way these leaders live their lives, then we find people who are really living that life of faith, we are to imitate their faith. Don’t have the exact same faith, don’t imitate the way the walk, but use their example to help you live a life of faith.
Remember these people. Don’t take their example lightly or for granted. Good leadership is hard to come by. It’s not always easy.
Something else to hold onto is this ~
If you are a follower of Christ, then there is most likely someone or a few people who helped you to follow Jesus, to proclaim Him as your Lord and Savior. You believe in Jesus, through the work of the Holy Spirit.