Reading this week: Solus Christus in Hebrews
The author of Hebrews, whoever he or she may be, presents Jesus as superior to the old. This “new and better” Jesus changed everything in the church in the First Century. And during the Reformation, a new understanding of the person and work of Jesus changed the way we preached, we worshiped and we lived. In Hebrews we meet that Jesus, and he again will reform us!
Monday: Hebrews 2:1-18, Jesus greater than the angels
The angels were the ones who brought us the word of God according to Philo, an influential First Century philosopher. But the church didn’t need Philo – she had the word directly through Jesus. When have you most clearly heard Jesus speak through his word? What hearing disciplines are you building today?
Tuesday: Hebrews 3:1-19, Jesus greater than Moses
Moses met face to face with God, but he would have traded all that glory for a moment with the Son. How are you taking advantage of the great privilege of meeting with Jesus? What “meeting with Jesus” disciplines are you working on right now?
Wednesday: Hebrews 4:1-13, Jesus’ rest superior to Sabbath rest
God’s people have always enjoyed the gift of Sabbath rest, but there is a greater gift waiting when we meet Jesus. How have the rhythms and disciplines of Sabbath helped you say “yes” to what is important and “no” to what our culture says is important?
Thursday: Hebrew 4:14-5:10, Jesus the greatest priest
Having Jesus as our Priest allows us to “hold firmly to the faith we profess.” When have been most confident in your faith? When has Jesus’ priestly work been most evident in your life?
Friday: Hebrews 9:11-28, Jesus the greater sacrifice
Jesus is both Priest and Sacrifice. Which of these roles is most central to your thinking about Jesus? When have you seen Jesus’ sacrificial work most evident in your life? What does Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provide to you that nothing else could?
Saturday: Hebrews 10:19-39, Jesus the only way to God
What other potential ways into that “Most Holy Place” (where God’s redemption work is done!) have you encountered? How have you explained the exclusivity of the Jesus way to a skeptic? Who or what is helping you hold on to your confidence in the Jesus way?