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The Book of Hebrews (NLT): This Book argues for the superiority of Jesus Christ over the Jewish law and traditions, showing that He is the ultimate high priest and the perfect sacrifice for sin. The author emphasizes the need for perseverance in faith, warning against falling away from the truth and encouraging the readers to hold fast to their faith in Christ. The Book of Hebrews is located in the New Testament containing 13 chapters and a total of 303 verses.
Author: Attributed to the apostle Paul, but its true author is anonymous.
Theme: The superiority of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God and the fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophecies. The new covenant that Jesus brought is superior to the old covenant under the law and faith is superior.
Timeline: Believed to have been written between AD 60 and AD 70 before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Structure: A New Testament letter written to Jewish Christians.
Recipients: Jewish Christians.
Importance: The book of Hebrews is considered authoritative scripture and provides important teachings on the person and work of Jesus Christ, as well as the superiority of faith and the new covenant over the old covenant. It is also considered profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, as stated in 2nd Timothy 4:16.
The emphasis we see is Jesus, the Creator of all things, taking on the life of a human being. He shared the same experiences that all humans go through, physically, mentally, and spiritually, but without sin. He experienced birth, a 33-year life, and then finally death.
In Jesus’ ministry of 3 years, He went about doing good, healing the sick, delivering the demon-possessed, raising the dead, feeding the thousands, and performing many other miracles. He experienced all the normal things that we as people go through such as joy, sadness, compassion, anger, happiness, suffering, temptation, and pain, but without sin (Hebrews 4:15). We can confidently trust that whatever we are going through, whether positive or negative, good or bad, He knows how we feel and He truly cares for us and wants to help us.
The last enemy that Jesus had to conquer was death. He died as a regular man who suffered great pain and torture before being crucified on the cross. Although Jesus knew that He would rise again, He agonized over what was to come and even asked His Father to let this cup/experience pass, but He was willing to do His Father’s will and not His own.
Jesus died physically and was separated from His Father because He took on His body all of the sins of mankind. He bore all of our sins, sicknesses, and diseases (Isaiah 53). Because Jesus accepted the punishment for all mankind, He went to where souls were held and defeated satan and his demons (Colossians 2:15). He made a spectacle of them and defeated satan and took the keys of hell and death (Revelations 1:18).
Jesus defeated death and the grave and was resurrected from the dead, after 3 days and 3 nights. He had a resurrected immortal body but still had the holes in his hands from the cross (John 20:26). Now, when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we have eternal life through Him and do not have to fear physical death, hell or judgment because we know that when we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
If you have fear of death, call on the Lord to help you. He came to give you an abundant life and freedom from the bondage of sin and fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Jesus did not come to help any angels but the seed of Abraham which is you and I when we receive Him as Savior (Galatians 3:29).
Heavenly Father, I pray in Jesus name that You give me the strength to continue moving forward through this season I am in. Despite the challenges I face I have joy today knowing that You have overcome the world and are helping me through everything I face. Thank you for being right beside me and being with me today to live in victory and not defeat in Jesus name Amen.
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