WE HAVE SEEN THAT NO OTHER RELIGIOUS LEADER IN HUMAN HISTORY HAS DARED TO MAKE THE ABSOLUTE CLAIMS THE HISTORICAL JESUS MADE, FOR HE IS THE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST.
The whole of the NewTestament bears witness to His uniqueness, His superiority over all others, and admonishes us to give Him pre-eminence in all things, and here are only a few examples, a few verses from only one epistle combining His words with His works, His claims with His character:
“Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son (not one of a number of sons, but the unique and solitary Son of God) whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the image (the exact counterpart of God the Father), the “reflection of God’s glory…He sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels (there were those who worshiped angels, who are only special creatures of God sent to serve) as the name he has been given is more excellent than theirs” (Hebrews 1:1-4), JESUS, “the pioneer of our salvation” (2:10), “worthy of more glory” than all the heroes of the faith who preceded him,” (Hebrews 3:5-6) – “...holy, blameless, undefiled separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26), “…offered himself without blemish to God to purify our conscience from dead works to worship the living God” (Hebrews 9:14) – and has “…entered into heaven itself to appear in the presence of God on our behalf,” having “removed sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews 9:26). “Let us approach him with true hearts in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience” (Hebrews10:22) “…offering to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe” (12:28) “…through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever“ (Hebrews 13:22).
The Epistle to the Hebrews was written by a convert from Judaism to Christianity, one who was very familiar with the Law and the prophets, one who knew the rites, rituals, rules, and regulations of Jewish worship, who understood the “do’s” and “dont’s” governing the behavior of those who visited the temple in Jerusalem, who had a working knowledge of the responsibilities of the priests, the importance of the feast days and the purpose of the sacrifices, but was writing his letter to explain THE SUPREMACY OF JESUS TO ALL OF THAT: His priesthood is superior to the Levitical priesthood (4:14-7:28); His sacrifice is superior to all of the temple sacrifices combined (8:1-10:39). All of the great heroes in the history of the Hebrew people are to be honored for their faith, but only JESUS is to be worshiped (11:1-40, 12:1-11), for He is our Lord and our Redeemer! Every faithful servant of God will be remembered, but only JESUS “is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (13:8). The victories of leaders who “lived by faith” will always be celebrated, but only JESUS will be acknowledged as the One who will live forever and ever, “the Mediator of a new covenant” that is better than the old, and “whose blood speaks a better word than the blood of Abel” (12:34 -whose spilled blood cries out from the ground for revenge, but the spilled and sprinkled blood of JESUS cries out from the cross for redemption, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”).
The Season of Lent bears witness to the passion of Christ, to his humanity and humiliation, to his suffering and death. But this season follows the example of the apostles, the history of Christ’s Church, the witness of the martyr’s, and the Apostle John’s shared vision of all the redeemed of heaven at worship, singing “Worthy is the Lamb slain for us” (Revelation 7:9-17), declaring His power and glory, His majesty and dominion – the authority and rule of the Lamb upon the throne in the kingdom of heaven (Revelation 4:1-2,11), and the One who reigns in the hearts of all who believe JESUS IS LORD!