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   [27 Apr 2014 | Sunday]

Christ is Better

~ 7 Critical Characteristics of Christ ~

 

Within the first two chapters of Hebrews we find seven reasons why Jesus Christ, the Messiah, is better than anyone or anything else.  (The seven headings below are courtesy of Dr. David Jeremiah and his wonderful book: I Never Thought I’d See The Day! – Culture at the Crossroads.) 

 

Jesus is the Final Word from God ~  God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:1-2a).

 

Jesus is the First Cause of Creation ~  God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:1-2).

 

Jesus is the Fullness of the Godhead ~  “Who [God’s Son] being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…  But to the Son He says:Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom’” (Hebrews 1:3, 8). 

 

Jesus is the Facilitator of All Things ~  Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).  “He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). 

 

Jesus is the Forgiveness of Our Sins  ~  Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9).  “Not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:25-26).  Speaking of Himself, Jesus said, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). 

 

Jesus is the Finisher of Our Faith  ~  “Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).  “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).  On the Cross we have this eyewitness account, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!  And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). 

 

Jesus is Our Faithful High Priest ~  Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He [Jesus Christ] might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:17-18).  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

 

the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).  This is the most important question you will ever answer.  If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!

 

~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

 

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