As I shared earlier this year the verse I believe God has given me for 2012 is Hebrews 12:1-2 and we have looked at chapters 1-10 so far in order to see what the author says about the One we are to fix our eyes on. The One who is the author and perfecter of faith, Jesus.
Before we move into chapters 11 and 12 I think it would be good to review what we have learned in Hebrews about Jesus. I will not list everything but just a few in order to refresh our memory.
In Hebrews Chapter one we see that Jesus is the appointed heir over all things. Through Him all things were created. He is the radiance of God’s glory, the exact representation of God’s nature. HE upholds all things by His power. Through Him we are purified. He sits at the right hand of God. Angels worship Him. His throne is forever. He loves righteousness, and hates lawlessness. All creation will wear out, it will be changed, but HE will remain the same.
Hebrews two tells us that He suffered death, our death. He is crowned with glory and honor. Through Him all things are brought to glory. Through His sufferings many sons will be brought to glory. HE will perfect our salvation through suffering. He sanctifies. He calls us brethren. He proclaims God’s name to us and puts His trust in God. He became flesh and blood in order to render the devil powerless through His death. HE frees those who fear death and are in slavery. He was made like us in all things, yet remain God. He is a merciful and faithful high priest. He makes propitiations for our sin. He was tempted.
In chapter 3 we see that Jesus is the Apostle, and High Priest of our confession. He is faithful. We see that he was faithful as a Son over His house.
In Chapter 4 we learn that Jesus is a high priest who has passed through heaven and He sympathizes with our weakness. He was tempted and yet did not sin. He is without sin.
Chapter 5 says that Christ did not glorify Himself but it was God who made Him High Priest. Jesus lived His days on earth in the flesh. He offered up prayers and supplications to the Father. He cried out in tears before His Father. He learned obedience from suffering and because He is perfect He is the source of salvation.
Hebrews 6 through 10 we see that our only hope is Christ. He is the only one who will not disappoint. Jesus’s promises are true. (6:9-16) His promises are unchangeable. He can not lie. It’s not that He will not lie, but He CAN NOT.
Our hope in Christ is “A hope both sure and steadfast?” Jesus came to us as a better covenant. Because of Him the law is no longer written on stone but written on our hearts. No longer would an earthly priest be needed. We will know God. We will be His people. Our sins remembered no more.
Because of Jesus our sins forgiven. Jesus, the perfect sacrifice offered Himself freely. His flesh, the veil, was torn so that we could freely “draw near” to God with “hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
This is the Jesus we are to fix our eyes on. Doesn’t it cause your heart to sing in praise? Do you know this Jesus who is described in Hebrews? Have you accepted Him as your high priest?
Jesus came as your perfect sacrifice. He gave Himself for YOUR sins. As a believer have you thanked Him lately? Have you pondered recently what all He has done means in your life?
Take time this week to reflect on the above list. Pray through it thanking Jesus for who He is and what He has done. Then I would love for you to share with me what He has shown YOU!
Join me next week as I have something very exciting to share with you! As I was reading this week in chapter 11 I saw something I hadn’t seen before and it’s SO exciting!! I can’t wait to show you!
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