Sunday, January 5, 2014
Scratching the Surface of Hebrews
Scratching the Surface of Hebrews
Anyone like anything distracting from the allegiance and affection due our Lord alone is idolatry.
While everyone's got heroes, no human hero deserves the allegiance and affection due Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Heroes, at His best, reflect God's enfleshment in Jesus and point to Him above all others as the only One warranting absolute allegiance and affection as God.
Showing how that works, we read in Hebrews, "Moses did a good job in God's house, but it was all servant work, getting things ready for what was to come. Christ as Son is in charge of the house."
Heroes have a providential place in our lives: "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets...We must pay attention to what we have heard..."
Yet, again, every hero but Jesus has human limitations aka clay feet: "They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things...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..."
The biggest message of Hebrews and the entire Bible is Jesus alone is Lord and Savior and the only One deserving of Divine worship: "A better hope...through Whom we draw near to God...This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant."
The Psalmist was commanding in His practical counsel: "He alone is my rock and my salvation...Put no trust...[in anyone or anything else]..."
Again, the commanding yet practical counsel from the Psalmist: "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in...the Lord our God...They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright."
Hebrews reinforces His pre-eminent place in our lives with enthusiasm and without equivocation: "I will trust in Him...Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need...Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith..."
No wonder the earliest confession was such a simple summary statement of faith: "Jesus is Lord!"
No wonder Hebrews urges over and over and over again, "Let us hold fast to our confession..."
No wonder a very famous evangelist stood up in front of thousands, echoed the earliest confession of the church ("Jesus is Lord!"), and then sat down without saying anything more about anyone else.
For there is nothing nor no one else here and now and forever!
Anything else or anyone else is totally inadequate in the end and usually sooner than that.
Really, have you ever known any human hero who's been pure and perfect in every way?
Really, have you ever known any human hero who's not been knocked down to size sooner or later?
Really, have you ever known anyone who hasn't been disappointed by someone who's been perched on a pedestal?
Really, that's why wise women/men still seek Him!
Really, let's go back to Paul for the corrective to idiotic idolatries distracting from the absolute allegiance and affection due only to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: "Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him that name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Really, Jesus is Lord alone.
Really, Jesus saves alone.
Everything and everyone else has been tried over the course of time.
All of 'em have failed to satisfy sooner or later and definitely in the end.
Not Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
That's the difference.
Everything and everyone else is sooooooo, uh, human.
...to be continued...
Blessings and Love!