Hebrews: The Supremacy of Christ in All Things

I’m currently studying Hebrews in seminary. Here are some thoughts as I go through this class:

Further, we see that God speaks finally and fully through Jesus. We have no other need for further revelation than that which is given to us in the Word and through the Son.

The book of Hebrews sets the stage for our right understanding and perspective of who Jesus is. Namely, that he has ultimate supremacy and authority in all things. In fact, the Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 11.51.22 PMwriter of Hebrews states, “he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” [1] This distinction sets Jesus apart in all ways. The writer of Hebrews helps to reinforce this idea by placing a series of comparisons in front of us. The primary comparison is between the Son and angels. Clearly, we see that the Son is far superior and enjoys a personal relationship with the father. The theological implication of this comparison points the believer towards Jesus as the hero. At times our attention can focus on the servants or other angelic figures, but clearly we see that the only person of worth and honor is Jesus. Further, we see that God speaks finally and fully through Jesus. We have no other need for further revelation than that which is given to us in the Word and through the Son.

Throughout the first few chapters of Hebrews we see clearly a distinction between past and the present till Jesus returns. The ESV study Bible points out these comparisons and states, “Four points of contrast occur between vv. 1 and 2: time of revelation (“long ago” vs. these last days); agent of revelation (“prophets” vs. Son); recipients of revelation (“fathers” vs. us); and, implicitly, the unity of the final revelation in the Son (cf. the “many times and in many ways”[3].

The importance of the first chapters of Hebrews is paramount in our right perspective of Jesus. It sets the stage as Jesus being our source of hope, strength, substance, and salvation. While the tendency might be for us to get distracted by other biblical figures, the point is that Jesus in fact is better. There is direct application to the believer as we look at those in leadership of the church or ministries. It is easy for us to exalt and elevate ministry leaders into areas of authority, which at times can cause us to value them over Jesus. While this may not be intentional, it can easily happen. It is important that we consider Jesus in all that we do. Consider that Jesus is fully supreme and is the perfect example for all things. We can look to him for all our needs. In fact, the characteristics that we find compelling and helpful in ministry leaders are found perfect in Christ. Therefore, it benefits us to look to Christ for all things. He provides true satisfaction and is the perfect example and savior that humanity longs for.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Heb 1:3.

[2] Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), Heb 1:1–2.

[3] Crossway Bibles, The ESV Study Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2008), 2361.


Jesus – Grieving Over the Religious..

Was Jesus ever angry?

Mark 3:5

“And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart,”

One of the most important things to me is that my boys know who Jesus is. Part of knowing who Jesus is requires us to study and dive into what he did in the scriptures. What we find is a Jesus who is committed to the work of the Father. In Mark 3:5 we also see Jesus responding to the Pharisees that highlights his humanity. One of the great mysteries of theology is that Jesus is both fully man and God. This mystery should lead us into worship of our great God. In Mark 3:5 we see that Jesus feels two common human emotions “anger” and grief”. Jesus has human emotions, and feels deeply. Screen Shot 2013-07-20 at 7.39.57 PMDiving into the Greek text (thanks to Logos 5 for the research help!) we see that the Greek word “Syllypeo” is being translated as the word “grieved”. This word literally means to feel sympathy. When referring to anger, the greek word “Orge” is being used which refers to relatively strong displeasure with a focus on the emotion anger.

In this one sentence we see Jesus expressing two seemingly opposite emotions. Jesus was angry with the Pharisees for their insensitivity to suffering while also grieving over the condition of their hearts. Jesus’ anger and grief teaches me the following.

  1. Don’t forget the Gospel – While these religious leaders are consumed with hatred for Christ and waiting for the opportune moment attack, they miss their calling. As the religious leaders it is their responsibility to represent God. To do His will and care for others. It’s easy for us to get consumed with things that pull us away from Gospel.
  2. Do good – Jesus asks if its right to do good or harm, to save or to kill. In the very next verses Jesus answers this question with an action. He restores the mans hand. It’s simple, do good. Start with your family, your wife, husband, children, mom, dad, and siblings. Do good in your community (including the neighbors you try to avoid cause they annoy you). Be a reflection of the Gospel of Christ.