At first read the book of Hebrews is difficult to read and understand; for that very reason many Christians read right past it, not taking the time really understand its powerful message, one that we desperately need to today. What’s all this talk about angels, priests, covenants, and sacrifices? And who is Melchizedek anyway?
The author is clearly writing to a Jewish audience, one is facing severe cultural, religious, and social pressure to go back to Judaism. The passionate plea of the author is clear: Jesus is better; don’t go back!
The law was mediated by angels – Jesus is better than angels. Don’t go back.
The old covenant had a priesthood. Jesus is a better priest, a better way to God. Don’t go back.
Jesus ratified a better covenant. Don’t go back.
Jesus and made a better sacrifice, a once-for-all offering. Don’t go back.
While our American situation is different, God continues to cry out through the message of Hebrews and I hear him say through this book:
Jesus is better than bitterness. Don’t go back.
My son, Jesus, is better than Allah. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than pride. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than Buddha. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than lust. Don’t go back.
Jeus is better than homosexuality. Don’t go back.
My son, Jesus is better than alcohol. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than the attractions of the world. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than drugs. Don’t go back.
Jesus is better than whatever you were saved from. Don’t go back.
So today, Hebrews 10:19-25
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Since Jesus is a better priest, who made a better-once-for-all sacrifice for our sins, we can and must:
draw near to God
hold on to Jesus
consider one another
I’m still trying to see it clearly_