Discussion Guide - Jesus Above the Prophets (Hebrews 1:1-4)
Monday: Hebrews 1:1-3
Tuesday: Hebrews 1:1; 1 Peter 1:10-12; 2 Peter 1:19-21
Wednesday: Hebrews 1:2; Psalm 2:8; Colossians 1:15-17; John 1:3; 8:58
Thursday: Hebrews 1:3; Exodus 40:34-38; John 1:14; 14:29; Colossians 1:15-17
Friday: Hebrews 1:3; Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:29-36
Jesus is the fullest and final revelation of who God is.
When life gets hard, what do you turn to for comfort? And where do you go for relief when the Christian life in particular becomes difficult? Do you persevere in your walk with Jesus despite the hardship? Or do you return to the comfortable habits and patterns of life that marked your life before becoming a Christian? These were the kind of questions facing the original recipients of Hebrews.
Hebrews appears to be written to Jews who had been Christians for a while (Hebrews 5:12) and had once displayed tremendous zeal for Jesus (10:32-34). But frequent opposition to their faith began to wear them down, and in their discouragement, they were tempted to return to their pre-Christian patterns of life. For them, this meant returning to Judaism (which enjoyed protection under Roman law) and leaving Jesus behind.
Hebrews begins by considering several aspects of who Jesus even is: God’s Son, the heir of all things, the creator of the world, the radiance of God’s glory, the exact imprint of his nature, the sustainer of the universe, the priest who dealt with sin, and the one at the right hand of the Father (1:1-4).
Additionally, God has spoken to us by him. No further revelation from God is now needed. Everything God wants to communicate to us in this life has been communicated to us through his Son. In other words, Hebrews 1:1-4 is the author’s bold way of grabbing the attention of anyone tempted to give up on Jesus and saying, “Listen up!”
Christians face difficulties in this life ranging from persecution to sins like unbelief and spiritual laziness, all of which are addressed in Hebrews. In what ways is the Christian life difficult for you right now? What areas is God calling you to persevere in?
Where do you turn for comfort when life gets hard?
Hebrews 1:3 – “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”
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