Summary: The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus!
Jesus; the Real Deal
-There is some great stuff happening with the Adventureland Ministries for kids back there.
-They are celebrating the end of their first workshop today and will be starting a new one on the life of David next week.
-Get your kids back there, and if you would like to help, we can always use people to work with the kids!
-We are on our 5th message in this Hebrews series and I wanted to start today with a quick recap of what we’ve covered so far.
-In week 1 we saw that Jesus is the Final Word from God.
-We looked at 7 facts about Jesus that all point to him being God.
-In week 2 we saw that Jesus is the King of Angels.
-No angel was ever called the Son of God; there is only 1 capital “S” son of God…and that is Jesus.
-In week 3 we were warned not to drift away from the message of Jesus, and saw that Jesus is our anchor.
-And last week we saw that Jesus is was 100% God and 100% man
-And because he came as a man he is able to identify with our suffering, he knows every temptation that we know, and he is able to help us with the trouble that comes our way.___________
-You’ll remember that the author of Hebrews is writing to Jewish Christians in the 1st century.
-We suspect that they were being persecuted and that some were considering walking away from the message they heard about JC.
-From this point on in Hebrews we are going to get into a lot of comparisons and contrast between Jesus and the Old Testament.
-And all of these are to drive home an important. Jesus and his covenant are superior to the OT in every possible way.
-And chapter 3 compares Jesus with Moses.
THE ROLES OF JESUS AND MOSES (vs 3:1-2)
3:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God and are partners with those called to heaven, think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. 2 For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully when he was entrusted with God’s entire house.
-I like that phrase think carefully about Jesus.
-When you decide to follow Jesus, remember who you’re dealing with. This is….
JESUS THE MESSENGER: LITERALLY “APOSTLE”.
-Apostle was the official title given to the men who were charged with spreading the message of the gospel throughout the earth.
-Jesus isn’t called an apostle anywhere else in Scripture, but it’s a title that fits perfectly. Because apostle means messenger.
-And Jesus came with a message for all the world. He called his message the “Good News” and it’s the best we’ve ever heard.
-John 3:16 summarizes the Good News very well. Let’s read it together from the screen:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
-Jesus was sent to tell us that there is forgiveness of sins, and salvation, and hope of eternal life…through him.
-How does that compare to Moses? Moses was also a messenger, he was the one who delivered the OT Law to God’s people.