Blogging the Bible- March 5

Hebrews 1-3; Psalm 24

The book of Hebrews is one of my favorite books of the Bible. There is a richness to it. From its opening it is unapologetically pro-Jesus, I know the Bible is all pro-Jesus but Hebrews especially so.

The book of Hebrews is written to Hebrew (Jewish background) Christians. They grew up with the temple rituals, the Old Testament teachings and the tradition, but later on they found Jesus and began to follow Him. The writer (we are not sure who he/she is) writes to encourage them to continue in their faith and pursuit of Jesus.

The opening sentence, one of the grandest in the entire Greek New Testament, is a glorious statement about who Jesus is. God sent to us His Son, the one through whom He made the universe, the exact representation of His being, the sustainer of the universe, the One who died for our sins and is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven. There is a majesty and power there in the words and description of Jesus.

The writer says these things are truth that we must follow and live by. So the question becomes, “Does it work?” The writer says these things have always proved true, they’ve always proved right. Even, “How can we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” It has been passed down from God Himself and verified by wonders, signs and miracles.

It is exactly because of the work of Christ on the cross that we can as Psalm 24 says approach God with pure hands and a pure heart. Not because of our own goodness, but because of the goodness of God poured out for us through Jesus. Yes it works, and one day we will understand when we experience His presence in heaven.

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~ by mikefoster on March 5, 2016.

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