Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Jewish Religion, Part 1

In this lesson, the author will review Jesus’ work as High Priest, not only His credentials to server in this role. In the previous chapter we finished the section in the letter to the Hebrews that explained Jesus’ superiority as high priest over Aaron. Aaron and descendants as high priests – appointed by the Law, temporary and serviced by sinful men. Jesus as high priest – appointed by God, eternal in nature (Melchizedek type), serviced by a perfectly righteous divine…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 3

In this final section on Melchizedek, the writer explains the relationship between Aaron, Melchizedek and Jesus. In the last three chapters of the book of Hebrews the author has demonstrated how Jesus, as High Priest, was superior to the Aaronic line of high priests in Judaism. The idea was that formerly, under the Mosaic system, the hope of the Jewish people was based on the fact that their priests could go before God and intervene on their behalf (give thanks,…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 2

In this lesson, Mike examines the passages that demonstrate that Christianity’s priesthood is superior to the Aaronic priesthood. The author of the book of Hebrews is comparing Jesus to various aspects of the Jewish religion in order to encourage his readers not to abandon their new faith in Christ for their old faith of Judaism. The notion that the Jewish religion is superior because it boasts of the ancient priesthood of Aaron is dealt with by showing that, in Christ,…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Aaron, Part 1

This lesson examines what the writer of Hebrews says about the 4th element of the Jewish religion, the priesthood, and especially the High Priest. In his argument encouraging Jewish Christians to remain faithful to Christ, the author of the book of Hebrews divides his letter into two sections: He shows that the glory of Christ is greater than the glory of the Jewish religion and all of its parts. In the last several chapters we have covered three of these…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than Moses

Mike begins to develop the Hebrew writer’s next argument for Christianity’s superiority over Judaism – Jesus’ greater authority than Moses. This epistle was written to certain Christian Jews who, because of persecution, were considering a return to their former religion. The author encourages them to be faithful by arguing that Christianity is superior to Judaism and is, in fact, the fulfillment of the Jewish religion. In successive chapters, the author demonstrates how Christ is superior to the Jewish prophets as…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Angels, Part 2

After demonstrating from Scripture that Jesus is greater than the angels, the author focuses on what Jesus accomplished when, for a while, He took a position lower than angels. The book of Hebrews was written to first century Christian Jews who were contemplating returning to Judaism because of the persecution they were facing. The author encourages them to be faithful by demonstrating that Jesus Christ was superior to every element of their former Jewish religion. He begins by showing how…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Angels, Part 1

In this section the Hebrew writer lists the many passages in the Old Testament that demonstrate Jesus’ exalted position above the angels. The book of Hebrews was written to a particular group of Jewish Christians who, because of persecution, were being tempted to abandon Christianity and return to Judaism. In his letter, the author appeals to them to remain faithful to Christ by showing them Christ’s superiority to their former Jewish religion. He does this by comparing Jesus to various…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Introduction to Hebrews

This first lesson in the series establishes the historical and religious context for the writing of this book. The first Christians were Jewish. The first congregation of the Lord’s church was made up of Jewish people. The first Scriptures used to prove Christ as the Messiah were the Jewish Scriptures which we refer to as the Old Testament. It took approximately ten years for the Apostles to preach the gospel to non-Jews (Cornelius and his household – Acts 10). In the…