We know that the whole Bible is special beyond words – a book that God has written to us, so we may know Who He is, what He has done to save us from sin, and how we should live in light of grace. Yet for most of us, there are books, chapters or verses that are extra-special – perhaps because God has used them to bless us richly at one time or another.
For me, the letter to the Hebrews is like that. Let me give you just a few of the reasons why:
First, one of the overriding purposes of the book is to show how surpassingly great is Jesus, our King. Greater than the Old Testament Prophets, greater than the angels, greater than Moses, greater than the Old Testament priests, greater than all the sacrifices that were made in the days of the Old Covenant. The same is true for us today. Jesus is greater than anything else in this life.
Second, the letter shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. He is greater than all of these because He is the One they all pointed to – they all find their fulfillment in King Jesus!
Third, the letter to the Hebrews is all about treasuring Christ. From its opening to the last verse is all about lifting Him up and showing how excellent and how beautiful He is and how perfectly He meets our need for a Savior! In other words, it is a perfect book to help us with our mission at Grace.
Usually when we start a series on a new book of the Bible, we like to spend some time giving background about who wrote it, under what circumstances, what are the major themes that the book contains and so on. This helps us look at the book in its proper context and to get a road map for where we will be traveling as we study it together. I still want you to have that information, but Hebrews 1:1-3 (the first passage we will study) hits the ground with its feet running. It is overflowing with awesome truths that we need to hear!
So I have a special request to make:
I am including below a short link to an 8-minute video that introduces and lays out the whole letter to the Hebrews very clearly as a preparation for our series. Would you please watch or listen to it as we begin to study this book together?
I would like us all to have this foundational information so we can plunge right into the amazing content of the first three verses of chapter 1!
I can’t wait to get into this study with you because I know it will help us treasure Jesus.
NOTE: The sermon that accompanies this blog post is now available by clicking here