December 25. 2022

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. – Hebrews 1:1-4 ESV

As you are celebrating, Mas Christ, let us remember the GIFT of CHRISTMAS- JESUS. The book of Hebrews is a great illustration of the Gift of Jesus- BETTER. Jesus came to make things BETTER. Adam messed things up, so God sent a second Adam, His Son Jesus to make things BETTER. It is written: When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. (Romans 5:12,15-16) This is what the book of Hebrews is all about- Better, as a matter of fact, SO MUCH BETTER! “Better” is a keyword that occurs thirteen times in this book, emphasizing the central thesis of Hebrews: The way of Jesus Christ is so much better! Jesus Himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) There is your better CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Leader, the main theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority of Jesus, the Christ. The word ‘better’ is used thirteen times. It doesn’t get any better than Jesus. No matter what gifts you wrap or unwrap from under your tree, the BETTER gift is at the FOOT OF the TREE OF LIFE, the Cross! The book of Hebrews makes it clear that no matter what is going on in our lives, Jesus can make it BETTER, because He is better! Jesus Is Better Than the Angels (Heb. 1:1-2:18), Jesus Is Better Than Moses (Heb. 3:1-4:13), Jesus Is A Better High Priest (Heb. 4:14-7:28), Jesus Is Mediator Of A Better Covenant (Heb. 8:1-9:28), Jesus Provides A Better Sacrifice (Heb. 10:1-39), Jesus Is The Author Of A Better Salvation (Heb. 11:1-13:25). In his exposition on this book, John MacArthur says, “The book of Hebrews may be briefly summarized in this way: Believers in Jesus Christ, as God’s perfect sacrifice for sin, have the perfect High Priest through whose ministry everything is new and better than under the covenant law”. Unlike what some want to profess, this is NOT your best life now. Life is hard, and life is oftentimes NOT FAIR, God never said it would be– as a matter of fact, God promised that for His Children, they WILL face TRIBULATION. More than 30-years after His birth, Jesus said, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” His brother James went further,” You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4)

Conduit, continuing in the MacArthur Study Bible: “The epistle to the Hebrews is a study in contrast, between the IMPERFECT and incomplete provisions of the OLD COVENANT, given under Moses, and the infinitely BETTER provisions of the NEW COVENANT offered by the PERFECT HIGH PRIEST, God’s only Son and the Messiah, Jesus. Included in the “BETTER” provisions are a BETTER: Hope, Testament, Promise, Sacrifice, Substance, Country, and Resurrection. Those who belong to the NEW COVENANT dwell in a completely new and heavenly atmosphere; they worship a heavenly Savior, have a heavenly calling, receive a heavenly gift, are citizens of a heavenly country, look forward to a heavenly Jerusalem, and have their very names written in heaven”. This is the gift of the Baby Jesus who later, during His ministry of Reconciliation, demonstrated true love, that while we were still sinners, He died for us. We all need to accept the GIFT OF JESUS. A gift that is NOT accepted, is NO GIFT AT ALL! Jesus was Born to Die– Merry Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season!


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