This week, we begin a new study in the New Testament book of Hebrews, which was written by an unknown author shortly before the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Hebrews’ message is that Jesus is superior to any religious system, and a relationship with Him, not religious tradition, was all-important – a message that is just as important today as then.
Pastor Kevin begins by providing the historical background and explaining that the audience were Jewish Christians who were being persecuted by the Jewish religious establishment because of their faith in Jesus as Messiah and Savior. Chapter 1 begins the first part of the book’s argument for the superiority of Jesus by using Old Testament Scriptures to show how Jesus is superior to the angels. Today’s message concludes with the truth that Jesus is returning soon to literally fulfill Psalm 45:6, quoted in Hebrews 1:8: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.