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Dr. June Normil
God has spoken to humanity from the beginning. Hebrews 1:1 specifically reminds us of the prophets. However, the way in which the Father spoke changed dramatically when Jesus came into the world. Jesus brought the full revelation of what the Father had intended for us to see. Jesus is the "heir of all things.", meaning that He possesses all Creation and embodies every attribute of God, He is God. When Jesus came into the world, He didn't surrender any of His divine attributes. Hebrews asserts the absolute supremacy of Jesus over every created thing, which is important to remember when we are tempted to look else for truth about salvation and life. For first-century Jews, angels posed a temptation, and people were tempted to worship them. As a result, angels are mentioned several times in Hebrews. Hebrews 1:5-9 handled the misconception that Jesus was similar to angels. It quotes several Old Testament Scriptures to proclaim Jesus as the exalted Son of God, who unlike created angels, is eternal, omnipotent, and sovereign. These truths are reaffirmed yet again in verses 11-14, highlighting Jesus as sovereign Creator. Jesus is no mere created being, like an angel. He will place all enemies under His feet--a promise that can give comfort to us now, as well as in moments when we feel overwhelmed by the struggles of this world.
For Personal Reflection] What are some improper sources people might look to for spiritual help? How can you make sure you always look in the right places.
JESUS, APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST (HEBREWS 3:1-6, 14-15)
In times of persecution, such as that faced by the early Christians in the Book of Hebrews, one might conclude that life would be easier by giving up the Christian faith. The Book of Hebrews offers a real source of encouragement for such feelings of doubt. Jesus is superior to anything we might seek after for help. How would you feel if persecuted for your faith in Christ? Would you remember that Jesus is the Captain of your salvation, the One who made you part of His family by His suffering and death? Learn to live every day trusting Him to provide whatever help you need to stand firm in your faith. Find encouragement in knowing Jesus wants to be in your life now and for all eternity.
CHRIST IS, WAS, AND WILL EVER BE SUPERIOR!
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 100 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2019 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil