Passage: Hebrews 1:1-3
Last week SUB25 kicked off the new year with a series called “Jesus is Better.” Check out the outline and commentary below to get an idea of what we discussed!
The God of the Bible is a God who speaks. (vv. 1-2)
This is an encouraging truth! The God of the Bible is a speaking God. He desires to know and be known by His creation. God has spoken, and God is speaking. Are you listening to Him?
· In the Old Testament, God spoke through the prophets. (v. 1)
The prophets served as God’s messengers in the Old Testament. They spoke on His behalf. However, in the New Testament, God spoke through a different messenger.
· In the “last days” God has spoken through Jesus (v. 2)
The messengers of the Old Testament were pointing to Jesus. Jesus is a better messenger and a better message because He is the message.
I. JESUS IS A BETTER MESSENGER (vv. 2-3)
Why is Jesus a better messenger? The author of Hebrews 1:2-3 mentions several reasons.
1. Jesus will possess all things. (v. 2)
Jesus is the appointed heir of all things. Because of Jesus’ rightful ownership, we should submit to Him with our entire lives – time, money, resources, jobs, relationships, etc.
2. Jesus has produced all things. (v. 2)
Jesus is the Creator of all things. This means that you are not an accident. Because of Jesus’ hand in Creation, we can find our purpose in Him.
3. Jesus displays a picture of the Father.
When we see Jesus, we see the Father. Because of this, we can know God. Jesus stepped out of heaven and became knowable.
4. Jesus provides support for all things.
Jesus sustains all things. He is the reason all things hold together. This Includes you and your life! Because Jesus is the true sustainer, we should trust Jesus with the big and the small.
5. Jesus purifies the stain of sin.
Jesus has cleaned up our mess. He made it possible for sinful people to enter into a relationship with God. Because of this, we should seek cleansing and forgiveness from Him alone.
6. Jesus sits in a seat of prominence.
Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, a seat of authority and power. Because of Jesus’ prominence, we should obey and follow Him. He alone is worthy.
II. JESUS SPEAKS A BETTER MESSAGE
· The prophets’ message was “He is coming.”
In a nutshell, the lives and ministries of the prophets declared "He is coming."
· Jesus’ message is “I have come.”
Jesus’ message was “I have come.” He was a better messenger and offered a better message.
We hope you will join us on Thursday evenings as we continue our series in Hebrews!