Who is this Jesus really? (The Jewish audience that the book of Hebrews is written to needs to answer this question.) They are suffering persecution for their faith which they never suffered while practicing Judaism. Now the writer of the book of Hebrews takes his audience through an explanation of who this Jesus really is to give them the courage to live a life of faith.
In Hebrews 1:3 the writer begins by saying that Jesus is the brightness of the glory of God and the “express image of His person” Look at the verse in the Amplified version… “He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high.”
Jesus Christ isn't only the High Priest forever “according to the order of Melchizedek,” He is the One who became the sacrifice of sins for the whole world.
Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” We can come before the throne of God (the throne of grace) with confidence (boldness) because of what Jesus has done. We can obtain all the grace and mercy we need through Jesus Christ.
Considering what a great salvation we have been given, we must “not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan