|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
Jesus: God’s Final Word
|November 9, 2014|
For the Week of November 9, 2014
Purpose: There is one, single purpose to this lesson, and it mirrors the one, single purpose of the Epistle to the Hebrews, and that is to demonstrate that Jesus is superior. Better than the prophets, better than angels, better than the Law, better than the priests, even better than Moses. This lesson begins with a resounding declaration of the majesty and glory of Jesus Christ.
Sermon in a Sentence: “Hebrews teaches us that God has spoken historically, and finally through Jesus, for He is the ultimate and greatest expression of God’s voice—the Son, the Creator, the Revealer, the Sustainer, the Savior, the Victor—God incarnate!”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
With the rise of Nero as Emperor of the Roman Empire, persecution of the Christians became unbearable . Since its inception, Christianity had always been closely tied to Judaism, and while Judaism was never popular with the Romans, who viewed it as anti-social, Judaism was a legal religion, a recognition Christianity did not receive until 313. The Roman persecution of Christians in the 60s caused Jewish Believers to look back longingly to their more peaceful existence as simple Jews. This tension underlies the entire Epistle to the Hebrews.
No where is this tension more clear than in Hebrews 10:32-34 when the author reminds his readers,
But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33 sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. – Hebrews 10:32–34
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- What situation might tempt you to turn your back on Christ and flee for a “safer” belief system or life style?
Read the Text
The writer of Hebrews challenged the hearers to hold on to their profession of Christ by showing them that Jesus, God’s Son, is superior to everything in Judaism. In the first three verses, the writer gives us a list of descriptions that demonstrate Christ’s superiority. Read Hebrews 1:1-3
- Can you identify the descriptions used to describe the superiority of the Son?
- Why do you think the author of Hebrews made such a point of Christ’s deity to these Hebrew Christians?
- What impact would you suspect these words had on Jewish Christians who were considering returning to Judaism?
- What are some ways we can honor Christ?
- What difference does it make to you that Jesus sustains everything by His powerful word?
- Based on what we learn in Hebrews 1:2-3, how would you answer the question “Who is Jesus Christ”?
- Do you think God still reveal divine truth today?
- Can man know the God who revealed truth and maintains control over this earth?
- What steps can you take to remind yourself that Jesus is the Son of God and worth following?
- In what ways can you honor the Son of God as God in your worship this week?
- Who can you tell today about the unique person of Jesus Christ?
In order to really meditate on the beauty of today’s passage, let’s memorize it. Try reading Hebrews 1:1-3 aloud six or seven times. Then, see if you can write this passage down. Use whatever method of memorization is best for you. Spend this time in solemn reflection upon the majesty of your Lord.