Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 1: 3-4
Date: June 6th & 7th, 2015
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BIG IDEA: CHRIST DOESN’T BECOME BIGGER AS WE GROW... BUT WE SEE HIM AS BIGGER AS WE GROW
5 More Big Ways to See Jesus
1. as the shining radiance of the Father’s glory (v3)
2. as the exact representation of the Father’s nature (v3)
3. as the sustaining governor of the universe (v3) 4. as the cleansing saviour of our sin (v3)
5. as the supreme ruler of all (v4)
For conversation and prayer:
1. It’s important to know Jesus historically. Many wildly miss the complexity and severity of his claims about Himself. Jesus was a historical figure whose claims don’t afford us the opportunity to evade Him. Once we’ve come to Him, it’s as if a curtain is pulled back to show the depth of who He is theologically. This is what the author of Hebrew is doing. His readers have received Jesus as God incarnate. Now, the author takes them into the depths of who He is. Read Hebrews 1:1-4. List out everything the author identifies about Jesus.
- Are you able to come away from vs 1-4 and say he is merely a teacher, wise sage, moral guide, or just a person?
2. The author says Jesus is both “the radiance of the glory of God”, and the “exact imprint of his nature”. Think of the words “radiance” and “exact” in relation to the phrases they modify. The author says Jesus isn’t just the glory of God, but is the glory of God unleashed, shining forth, like the radiance of the sun bursting through clouds. Also, the author doesn’t say Jesus is the “imprint”, but the “exact imprint.”
- Why are these phrases important as we consider the person of Christ? Is it possible, based on these texts, to be bored with Jesus?
3. The author says Jesus is superior to angels (v4). The original audience saw angels as important and necessary beings. They were messengers who brought elements of God’s purposes to His people. To say Jesus was superior to angels was a deliberate way to say, “Don’t confuse the ministry of angels (though it was important) with Jesus’ ministry (which is more important).
- Consider our culture’s fascination with the angelic realm and heaven (current books on visiting it). How can we show our culture today that Jesus is still superior to these things?
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright