Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God's love and mercy and is worthy of our trust and devotion.
Throughout the book of Hebrews, the audience is challenged to remain faithful to Jesus, who is greater than the heroes of the faith. We should look to the giants of the faith found in the Hebrew Bible as examples for how to live despite hardships and persecution. These challenges will make us uncomfortable, but instead of fearing them, we can remember everything that Jesus has done. To reject him would be foolish when he already fulfilled all that we’ve been waiting for.
Jesus Is the Fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures
The book of Hebrews compares and contrasts Jesus to key historical people and events from the Hebrew Bible. Through these comparisons, we see his superiority. He is greater than the angels, the Torah, Moses, the promised land, earthly priests, sacrifices, and the covenant. He is the hope for a new creation, our eternal priest, and the perfect sacrifice.
Greater Than the Angels
Jesus is superior to angels who delivered the Torah, God's word, to the Israelites and all other messengers. We should pay attention to his message.
Greater Than Moses
Jesus leads his people like Moses led the Israelites. But Jesus offers to lead his people into a new creation.
A Priest Like Melchizedek
Morally flawless, Jesus is the ultimate priest and mediator between humans and God. Instead of rejecting him, the author urges his audience to accept him and be fully reconciled to God.
The Ultimate Atoning Sacrifice
Jesus' death on the cross was a permanent sacrifice that fulfilled the covenant. He died once and for all, so we should accept his gracious offer of forgiveness.
The book of Hebrews ends with a challenge to faithfully trust Jesus and follow the great models of faith in the Hebrew Bible.