Do you have some doubts about who Jesus claimed to be and what others thought of him? I would suggest you take a break from studying “Hebrews” and read the Gospel of John.
John was very close to Jesus, and his eyewitness account of what he observed holds great weight because of that. When Hebrews was written and passed around the Jewish Christian communities, there was no gospel of John. John was written and circulated 20-30 years later. Its simplicity contrasts with the eloquent sermon found in Hebrews. I imagine its simple eye witness account was a very welcome clarification of the message of Hebrews, especially to the next generation who might have some doubts about who Jesus really was.
John recalls what John The Baptist said about Jesus in John 3:26-36. John the Baptist compared himself to the best man at a wedding who rejoices because of the joy he sees in his friend, the bridegroom. He said that Jesus would become more important while his own ministry would fade away. Then John The Baptist said an astounding thing: that Jesus came from heaven, while he (John the Baptist) was just from the earth. That made a world of difference between the two. Jesus was far more than a prophet or preacher:
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all. And what He hath seen and heard, that He testifieth;…(John 3:31-32 KJV).
Who is Jesus? He is from heaven. A man who was more than a man. All things are in subjection to Him; His position and status is above everyone else’s. And He tells others what he has seen and heard from God,
For He whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand (John 3:34-35 KJV).
Pretty plainly spoken, isn’t it? I would imagine those who might be struggling with doubts were glad to get this:
- Jesus spoke God’s words.
- He had the Holy Spirit and all the gifts of joy, patience, kindness, gentleness…
- The Father loves His Son and gives Him everything.
Jesus is quoted by the Apostle John as saying, “Yes, that’s me! It is all true. (John 5:33).
How should you respond when this becomes clear to you?
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36 KJV).
I don’t know about you, but hearing that the settled anger of the all powerful Creator would stay on me is a sobering thought. Won’t you admit that you are a poor sinner in need of a Savior and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? He is full of grace and is kind, merciful, and ready to forgive.
The Apostle John quotes Jesus saying some astounding things! Are you going to believe an eyewitness account…a person who was with Jesus for more than three years and still believed this when he was old and isolated? Does that hold any weight with you? The Jews were trying to kill Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath and also claimed that God was His Father. John heard Jesus say,
…The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise (John 5:19 KJV).
In other words, Jesus said, “I could heal the blind man because only the Father could do that and I can do whatever He can do!” Why? So you can marvel and be amazed (5:20)!
Then John tells us that Jesus said something that must have enraged those trying to kill Him. He said that He was the source of all life and the Judge of all (5:26-27).
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; …(5:28-29).
Healing a blind man is nothing compared to raising the dead! But, if you will not believe the scriptures, Jesus went on to say, you won’t believe me now. Do you believe the writer of Hebrews and John The Baptist and the Apostle John? Ask God to make it clear to you.
I urge you to think seriously about who Jesus said He was: the Son who will inherit everything, the source of all life, the Judge of all, the Savior who paid the ultimate price because of our sin, the One who will come again and usher all who believe into the presence of the Father forever. Won’t you believe….and live?