Hebrews - Jesus is Greater: Christ, the Final Word

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This is the first sermon in our series on the book of Hebrews This sermon is on ‘Christ the Final Word’. Preacher: The Rev’d Adam Lowe. Bible Reading: Hebrews 1-2:4

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BIBLE READING: Hebrews 1-2:4

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;

today I have become your Father”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,

and he will be my Son”?

  And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

  In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,

and his servants flames of fire.”

  But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;

a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;

therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions

by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

  He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

They will perish, but you remain;

they will all wear out like a garment.

You will roll them up like a robe;

like a garment they will be changed.

But you remain the same,

and your years will never end.”

  To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand

until I make your enemies

a footstool for your feet”?

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS

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CONNECT: What is one way that you could be shrewd for the Gospel this week?

WARM-UP Question

  1. Have you ever been in a boat or out walking and slowly got off course? What went wrong?

READ Hebrews 1:1-4

  1. What are the seven different aspects of who Jesus is according to these verses? Which of these do you think you should prioritise growing in your appreciation of? How could you go about doing that?

  2. How do these verses demonstrate the uniqueness and definitiveness of God speaking through Jesus? What helps you regularly to plumb the depths of Jesus’ greatness?

  3. If someone said to you that they would believe in God if they heard him speaking, how would you encourage them of the certainty of what God has said to us in Jesus? Is anyone more needed?

  4. Do you think your view of Jesus is too small? How can you deepen in your appreciation of how phenomenal Jesus is both as an individual and also in the context of our community?

READ Hebrews 1:5-14

  1. Why might the author of the letter have felt it necessary to demonstrate the superiority of Jesus to angels? What were the various ways in which Jesus is superior?

  2. Why do you think some people today still have an exaggerated view of angels? What is their role?

  3. Are you ever in danger of treating something (or someone) as superior to Jesus? What is it and why?

READ Hebrews 2:1-4

  1. Why do you think drifting is so dangerous? What does drifting most commonly look like?

  2. Do you think that we are ever in danger of drifting away from Jesus? What do you think tends to cause us to drift away from Jesus? What helps us to hold firm?

  3. Have you known anyone who appeared to drift away from Jesus? How would you know if you were?

  4. Do you think you are currently growing closer to Jesus? What can keep you more on course?

APPLY: Write a prayer to thank God for revealing himself in Jesus, detailing all of the phenomenal ways that come to mind in which Jesus is great.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we thank and praise you that you have spoken to us comprehensively through your Son. Please help us to grow in our appreciation of the greatness of Jesus that our lives would be saturated with opportunities to pay careful attention to all we have heard. Please show us any areas of our lives in which we may be drifting away, that we would instead set our eyes on you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

GOING DEEPER

WITH CHILDREN