Hebrews

Just who is Jesus? This seems to be the primary question being addressed in this first chapter of the book. Is he another representative of God sent to this world? Is he one of the angles? Is he the meek and mild representative of God, avoiding political power and rather building a spiritual kingdom?

The writer to the Hebrews selects seven Old Testament passages to demonstrate who Jesus is and what his present and future role will encompass.

We thought last week about ‘lucky dip bible reading.’ This an approach to the bible that is based on the truth that God speaks to us through his word – we can all happily agree with that, but some people think that God speaks directly when we simply open the bible randomly and apply directly to ourselves whatever we read.

We’ve seen so far that this New Testament book is a letter written specifically to Hebrews and is written to them in ‘these last days.’ We will now look at the introductory sentences and as we will see, the focus is on the Son of God: Jesus the Messiah.

Why Hebrews?

Back in late 1977, everyone seemed to be talking about a new science fiction film: Star Wars – and it’s still talked about today! It had all the elements of a great story; good versus evil, the small Rebel Alliance pitted against the Empire and its death star, heroes and villains. We became acquainted with futuristic ‘blasters’ and light sabres as well as the phrase that has entered common parlance ‘may the force be with you.’ Some Christians have noted some Christian themes in the film series such as athe struggle between good and evil, but at its heart Star Wars has what seems to me to be a deeply unchristian view of good and evil. They are presented as connected features of ‘The Force’ :the so-called dark and light side.