JESUS IS

Getting a Masters Degree sounds like a really cool thing doesn’t it?  I remember hearing of my counterparts in my old job getting their MBA and thinking, “Boy I wonder if I could do that?”  So when I enrolled at Lincoln Christian University to get a Masters in Bible and Theology I was thinking it would be great learning opportunity and I would grow tremendously.  The result?   About 15 hours a week of reading for 8 weeks, then 1 week off, then 8 weeks again.  This rotation of torture would continue for 2 years equaling about 1,387 hours of reading (that’s right, I actually calculated that).  Well, I am a year in and I can tell you that the amount of reading is like drinking from a fire hose.  Nevertheless, I have gone through a survey of the entire Bible in the last 16 weeks.  Through this journey I had a major light bulb moment that simply happened while reading the book of Hebrews.

In Hebrews, there is a great reality and overview of exactly who Jesus is. It has been one of the major points of all my reading.  In summary, Jesus is > (greater than).

JESUS IS GREATER THAN (>)

Jesus is > the prophets. (Hebrews 1:1-3)

Jesus is > the angels. (Hebrews 1:4-14; 2:5)

Jesus is > Moses. (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Jesus is > Joshua. (Hebrews 4:6-11)

Jesus is > the Aaronic high priests. (Hebrews 5:1-10; 7:26-8:2)

Jesus is > the Levitical priests. (Hebrews 6:20-7:25)

Jesus as the high priest in the order of Melchizedek is > Abraham. (Hebrews 7:1-10)

Jesus’ ministry is > the tabernacle ministry. (Hebrews 8:3-6; 9:1-28)

Jesus’ new covenant is > the old covenant. (Hebrews 8:7-13)

Jesus’ sacrifice is > the Old Testament sacrifices. (Hebrews 10:1-14)

Jesus’ ministry is > the tabernacle ministry. (Hebrews 8:3-6; 9:1-28)

Experiencing Jesus is > the experience on Mount Sinai (Hebrews 12:18-24)

FIX YOUR THOUGHTS ON JESUS

What I learned from this is that when I read the Bible, I usually read it inserting me as the main character. I am David fighting the Goliath of the day.  I am Moses leading my Life Group of followers to the promise land, and I am Joshua declaring as for me in my house, we will serve the Lord.  But then, after reading through Hebrews I realized I was missing one of the main points of everything that I had read. Jesus is one greater than. 

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.  He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.  Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. - Hebrews 3: 1-4 (NIV)

JESUS IS THE POINT

My challenge to you is to not miss the point.  Yes we can learn from all the characters of the Bible and that is a good thing, but we must walk away from God’s Word knowing that Jesus is the point.  All of this was written so that we see that Jesus alone is worthy of our praise and that He alone is whom we should be trying to emulate.  So let’s learn about all the people of the Bible and the great men of God, because in the end, it’s worth knowing that Jesus is greater than them all and He is the builder of everything that’s worth living for.