We are excited about our current worship series GREATER >. We are learning that Jesus is greater than everything! Here is a summary of all the topics we’ll be covering from the book of Hebrews.
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April 12 – Jesus>angels
We put our hope in spirituality instead of Jesus.
Angels – in the Old Testament were God’s messengers, protectors and helpers of God’s people.
In today’s world it is a popular and trendy thing to be “spiritual.” Being spiritual can mean a lot of things – but in general it means being open to the existence of divine, supernatural powers – angels, demons, God, the devil. Angels are popular because it is a much easier way to be “spiritual.” Part of the angels’ job is to be our helpers and protectors. Who doesn’t want that? It’s an easier way to believe in spiritual things, but still maintain control of my own life instead of owning up to my sin and my desperate need for a Savior. Angels may be able to help you – but they can’t save you! Jesus is so much more than a helper and protector. He is what we truly need, a perfect, sinless, Savior who shed his blood to atone for our sin and conquer the power of sin and death through his resurrection.
April 19 – Jesus>Moses
We put our hope in our heroes.
Moses was the great leader of God’s people Israel in the Old Testament, the only one to speak face to face with God, who received the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai.
In modern culture we have become enamored with celebrities and famous people. Sometimes people are so charismatic, talented, beautiful, intelligent, winsome, or successful that they seem bigger than life. But no person is bigger than life! Deep down inside every human being has the same struggle with sin and the same frustration of failure and insecurity. Jesus is the only one who can bear the weight of being your Savior – because he is divine, perfect, and an endless source of life.
April 26 – Jesus>Work
We put our hope in our work and achievement.
God commanded the Israelites in the Old Testament to rest on the seventh day of the week, every seventh year, and every 50th year of Jubilee (7 sets of 7) – as a reminder that God is in control of all things, and to experience rest for body and soul.
More than we realize, our identity gets wrapped up in our work. If we are successful at work, I am a successful person. If I fail at work, I am a failure as a person. Think of how deep your feelings of worth and success are attached to your accomplishments at work. But no amount of human achievement can ever bring the peace your soul desires. Jesus knows what we need most is rest for our souls – which can only be found in being right with God. That only happens through Jesus. Fatigue is a daily reminder that we are mortal – that we need Jesus, who gives us life.
May 3– Jesus>Power
We put our hope in positions of authority.
The High Priest was the highest ranking priest from the tribe of Levi, the only one who could enter the Most Holy place once a year as a mediator between God and the Israelites to make atonement for their sins.
When a person is in a position of authority they have power, which gives us hope that they can fix our problems, make things right, and bring justice. It is easy to put our hope in government leaders, police officers, judges, pastors, teachers, bosses, or parents. But authority is not inherent in any person – all authority comes from God! And God has given all authority under heaven and earth to Jesus! Only Jesus can enter into heaven on our behalf and make a way for us to enter God’s presence.
May 10 – Jesus>Your Past
We put our hope in our heritage.
Melchizedek was an anomaly, a priest and the King of Jerusalem at the time of Abraham. It is one of the few exceptions of a person with no recorded heritage to function as a priest.
Many people today identify themselves as a Christian or a particular denomination because of their family heritage. We find great comfort in our family of origin and identity. But our human origin is also the source of our sinful nature – which we inherit and pass on. Jesus stepped into the human race, fully man and yet fully God, without sin, to become God’s perfect sacrifice for our sins. Only when we become united with Christ by faith can we find true hope for life everlasting.
May 17 – Jesus>Traditions
We put our hope in rituals and traditions.
The Tabernacle was the tent God instructed Moses to build as a place of worship for the Israelites. The rituals and traditions of worship tangible expressions of mankind’s sinfulness, God’s holiness, and the need for an atoning sacrifice to cleanse the stain of sin.
Worship is a very sacred activity – where God connects with mankind through His Word and Sacraments. This very holy activity brings great significance to all the practices and places of worship. But all of those practices and places can become idols in themselves instead of means to connect us to Jesus our Savior. That is why all worship should focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ above all else.
May 24 – Jesus>Heroes
Living by faith in Jesus.
Some of the characters in the Old Testament are called “heroes of the faith.” They lived their lives trusting in God’s promises of salvation through the Messiah as a greater reality than the daily circumstances of life. They didn’t live for the here and now, but for the greater reality of God’s eternal kingdom, for their heavenly home.
It is easy to fall into the trap of living life for the here and now, and miss the greater reality of eternity. Many times we think we are in the land of the living, headed to the land of the dead. But God’s Word makes it clear, we are living in the land of the dying, headed for the land of the living. Living by faith in Jesus means that we trust in the greater reality of God’s Kingdom which will last forever.