One year ago we began a journey through the Book of Hebrews as a faith family. This Sunday we will finish chapter 11 which means we have two chapters to go! I want to take a moment and reflect upon what God has been teaching us through this study. When you climb a mountain it’s good every now and then to stop and look back and look around so that you can understand the magnificence of the journey. I think there are three major truths we have seen and delighted in on this journey:
- Jesus is greater than anything or anyone.
I hope you have seen clearly the superiority of Jesus Christ. He is greater than angels, Moses, the Old Covenant, the earthly tabernacle, and the Old Testament priesthood. Jesus fulfills all of the Old Testament types and symbols and serves as our great High Priest, thus giving us access to God (4:14-16). Therefore, we should treasure Jesus above everything and everyone else (2:9)! Fix your eyes on Him (12:2)!
- Jesus makes available to us the New Covenant.
- Genuine faith in Jesus makes it to the finish line.
The writer of Hebrews teaches that authentic faith perseveres (10:36-39). People that fall away from the faith are not losing their salvation, they are demonstrating by their apostasy that they were never truly saved in the first place. Genuine faith in Jesus keeps on keeping on. This is illustrated in the famous 11th chapter of Hebrews where the author gives us examples of people that took God at His Word and directed their lives accordingly. Their faith was genuine and because it was genuine they persevered in their lives through victories and defeats. People of genuine faith please God (11:6)!
We will continue climbing the mountain called Hebrews this Sunday. Don’t miss the next part of the journey as we get closer and closer to the mountaintop.
Blessings, Pastor Wade