Jesus Perfectly Reveals God
Topic: Hebrews Passage: Hebrews 1:1–1:14
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Hebrews 1:1-14
Many things have a greater value than what can be discerned through a quick glance. This is true of Jesus. He is greater than most people realize, demonstrated by the disciple Philip in John 14. The author of Hebrews invites us to draw near to God through Jesus, as he is the exact imprint of the nature of God. One reason for this writing is to admonish us to pay closer attention to the message we’ve heard, lest we drift from it (Heb. 2:1).
Drawing near to Jesus stops spiritual drift.
The first three verses of the letter have an extremely high view of Christ, rightfully so. He is God’s final word, giving a greater revelation of God than was had in previous times. Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (1:3). All things were made through him and he upholds all things by his word. In Christ, we have God’s final answer to our problems. Furthermore, we have insight that requires an “all or nothing” response. Therefore, the message of the Bible requires a complete commitment to him.
Jesus made purification for our sins, like the sacrifices of the Old Covenant. Jesus is our great high priest and his offering is the once-for-all-time atonement for our sin. Jesus opened the way for us to draw near to God. He sat down at the Father’s right hand because his work on earth was completed and he now reigns the universe, although sometimes unrecognized. The gospel invites us to bring our lives under this reign by repentance and faith. This includes a bold witness to our faith in him.
Taking it home: Drifting away from God is common to all people. Discuss with a Christian friend or small group some reasons for any spiritual drift away from God that you have experienced or are experiencing. How might this affect our witness to our faith in Christ? What is one practical way you can draw near to Christ this week?