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July 7, 2011 / Daniel

The Situation behind the book of Hebrews, part two

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Yesterday I had a post on the book of Hebrews and its intended audience.  There were people in this church who were tempted to abandon the faith.  What do you tell someone who says to you, “You know, I think I believe in Jesus, but I still have my doubts.  How do I know if this whole thing is for real or not?”

Here’s what you tell them. You tell them why Jesus is better.  There is no hope found anywhere else. You tell them, Jesus is where it’s at. Without Jesus, there’s nothing.  There’s no hope.  No life.  Jesus is everything to you.

This is exactly what the author of Hebrews tells this church. Jesus is everything. He is so much better than any other religion has to offer. He’s so much better than what Judaism has to offer.  He is the fulfillment of Judaism. He’s the fulfillment of all the hopes and dreams of the OT.   The author of Hebrews points out how various people and institutions within the OT relate to Christ.  How they foreshadowed Christ. Jesus is the ultimate high priest. He is the ultimate sacrifice for sin. Jesus offers us a new covenant, a new relationship with God. Jesus is the fulfillment of the OT temple. He gives us access to God. In other words, Jesus is everything. He’s so much better than what Judaism has to offer.

For this reason, the author pleads with this church, “Don’t quit. Keep on holding to Jesus. There’s no hope outside of Christ.”

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