Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
Today at Stonepoint we started our summer series on the book of Hebrews. We covered Hebrews 1:1-14. I’d just like to cover a couple of the points that were brought out today.
I don’t know about you, but in times past when I read this passage, I always wondered why most of it was spent comparing Jesus and angels. I mean, don’t we all know that Jesus is greater than angels? But if I were a Jew back when the Holy Spirit penned the book of Hebrews, angels were a big thing. The Jews could understand that God spoke through the prophets, the Law and even angels. But this fellow, Jesus was a different story. I believe that’s why He starts off the book by saying, “in these last days (He) has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things.” Then in verse 4, God plainly states that Jesus has become as much better than the angels as He had inherited a more excellent name than they (the angels).
Then starting in verse 5 through 14 the writer quotes one Old Testament passage after another to prove His point. By the end, the proofs are irrefutable. Jesus is the Messiah; angels are the ministers. They sit around the throne, not on it. Despite all the proofs to the contrary, with few exceptions, Jesus remained a stumbling block to the Jews.
Fast forward to our time today. Pastor Brandon brought out the point, “Everything we spend so much time on will one day fail. We are preserved through Jesus and will have no end date.” Does that sink in with us? There is nothing else that we can count on for our salvation and future except JESUS. Indeed, there is nothing else we need.
The last thing that was spoken in today’s message was this: “Are you stumbling on Jesus or are you standing on Jesus?” If we are standing on Jesus we will want to spend time with Him and obey Him. Sometimes it seems to me like obedience to Christ no longer exists. Brother KP, our director at GFA, used to say that obedience has now been equated with legalism. We tend to think, and may even have been taught, that because of grace, we can live as we please. It is my hope and prayer for myself that I won’t live this way, that I will live a life worthy of my calling. I am saved by God’s grace and mercy. But I am also called to be holy. We cannot live having one foot in the world and the other foot in heaven. Jesus must have the highest place in our lives.
One commentary I was looking at the other day had this to say about the book of Hebrews: “The book of Hebrews exalts the person ant the work of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. When you realize all that you have in and through Him, you have no desire for anyone else or anything thing else.” I pray we will exalt Jesus to the fullest!!!