Throughout the Summer of 2020 we are working through the book of Hebrews. Below are the Sermons in that series.
June 14 – A Superior God – Hebrews 1
Not only is Jesus greater than any man who has ever lived, He is greater than any spiritual being or angel. He is by nature God, the exact imprint of divinity. Christ’s name is above every other name because He made purification for our sins and is ascended to God’s right hand.
June 21 – A Superior Salvation – Hebrews 2:5-18
It was God’s own son who became lower than the angels to save us. He suffered and tasted death for us, and has brought many sons to glory. He took on our flesh so that He could destroy death and the devil. Not only has He saved us, but even now is our strength when tempted.
June 28 – A Superior Builder – Hebrews 3:1-6
In this brief section, Jesus is compared to Moses. Moses was faithful in proclaiming the Law as a servant in God’s house. He also testified to the Messiah to come. Jesus was faithful in building a new house! He has brought the Gospel of life and salvation. We are His house that He has built. As we look to Jesus, we hold fast to our confidence and hope.
July 5 – A Superior Rest – Hebrews 3:7-14, 4:1-2, 8-13
Israel remained in the wilderness due to their disobedience and unbelieving hearts. They found no rest. God invites us to find rest through Christ, and this call is urgent that we enter today! By His living and active Word is the Spirit able to strengthen faith and grant true peace and rest.
July 12 – A Superior Priest – Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Israel was led by a flawed high priest. He had to make atonement for the sins of the people and himself, over and over again. God exalted Christ as the greatest and last high priest. He offered up prayers and offered Himself as the final sacrifice. He is the source of eternal salvation. Therefore, we can draw near to God with confidence to receive mercy.
July 19 – A Superior Doctrine – Hebrews 5:11-6:12
The readers are chastised for their infantile faith. They remain on spiritual milk instead of growing mature in the faith. We are to build on the elementary principles of our faith. Our faith is shown in works of love and service to the saints.
July 26 – A Superior Priestly King – Hebrews 5:11-6:12
Melchizedek (“My King is Righteousness”) was a priest and king not from the tribe of Levi. He was a greater priest and king, as Abraham acknowledged. Jesus is that superior king, from the tribe of Judah, who has secured our salvation. The levitical priesthood has died out, but Jesus is king and priest forever! Jesus is always making intercession for us.
August 2 – A Superior Covenant – Hebrews 8:1-6, 9:1-14
The earthly tabernacle was a model that points us to God’s heavenly throne. In the old covenant, the shedding of blood was needed to enter the most holy place. Christ establishes a new covenant, by entering into God’s very presence through the shedding of His own blood, once for all. In Christ, our consciences are purified from dead works to serve the living God.
August 9 – A Superior Mediator – Hebrews 8:1-6, 9:1-14
Having established this New Covenant, Christ is also our mediator. A mediator is meant to negotiate a settlement between two parties. Christ stands in the gap between us and the Father to make us one. The new covenant goes into effect because of Christ’s death. Christ will also serve as Mediator at the end time to save us.
August 16 – A Superior Sacrifice – Hebrews 10:1-4, 11-18
Having established a new covenant and serving as our Mediator, we now look more closely at the sacrifice Jesus offered. Think of the countless animals that were sacrificed to try to alleviate sin. This was done over and over again. What was needed was the Lamb of God. Only He could offer a single sacrifice, once for all, for forgiveness. Because of His sacrifice, no other sacrifice is needed for sin!
August 23 – A Superior Confidence – Hebrews Hebrews 10:19-39
Having looked at covenant, mediator, sacrifice, the outcome is an invitation to confidently enter into God’s presence. LET US: draw near, hold fast, stir up one another A warning is given not to fall back to serving our old sinful flesh The recipients of this letter did not shrink back, but showed great faith despite facing afflictions and struggle.
August 31 – A Superior Faith – Hebrews 11
Having explored the first 10 chapters of Hebrews, we now can see the Great Faith chapter in a new light. Here is the roll call of saints who did not shrink back from faith (previous sermon). Because Christ has established a superior covenant, they sought a “better country”, being strangers and exiles on earth. Their faith was not fully rewarded on earth, they also did not live to see the coming of the Messiah, but they received all the blessings fulfilled in Christ.
September 6 – A Superior Endurance – Hebrews 12:1-17
“Look to Jesus” is based on 23:2. The first two verses are such a great encouragement to us. Surrounded by the champions of faith, as a result, we can look to Jesus to cast of sin and run with endurance. God uses discipline in our lives to strengthen us. He does this out of His great love for us. So, we’re called to remain strong in His grace, sharing peace with others.
September 13 – A Superior Kingdom – Hebrews 12:18-29
Mt. Zion is contrasted with Mt. Sinai. In the giving of the Law, the people trembled at God’s holiness. In establishing the Gospel, we might freely and joyfully enter God’s presence. We are given a glimpse of heaven: angels, “firstborn”, God Himself Kingdoms rise and fall, but Christ’s Kingdom remains forever. Our response is to be grateful, and to worship God with reverence.
September 20 – A Superior Praise – Hebrews 13:1-19
In the final chapter, many examples are given on how to offer our lives as living sacrifices of praise. Because Christ does not change (v.8), our confidence need not waver. We trust in Him an live for Him. These last exhortations are again rooted in Christ’s sacrifice, who “suffered outside the gate” to sanctify us.