Hebrews is the best bridge between the Old Testament and New Testament. The point of the book of Hebrews is that Jesus is superior to anything found in the Old Covenant Judaism. In making his point, the author of Hebrews summarizes much of the Old Testament and reveals how Jesus is the fulfillment of the types and shadows of the law.
Zoom in on these three truths today:
- Jesus is the final revelation of God.
Read verses 1-3 again. The author does not undermine the patriarchs or the prophets, but he does reveal that Jesus is far superior to them in every way. God has now spoken to us by the Son of God, not weak and sinful men. God has revealed Himself to us through His own Son through whom the world was created. Jesus is described as the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature.” God is not visible to us. But Christ has ‘imaged’ the Father to us. He is a perfect display of who God is. This is why Jesus was able to say to Thomas, “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father.” – John 14:9.
- Jesus is better than angels.
The argument in chapters 1-2 revolves around the fact that Jesus is better than angels. You and I probably don’t have a problem with that concept. But, this was a major issue in the early church. In fact, if you study the book of Colossians you will see that one of the biggest heresies that had begun to seep into that church was the worship of angels.
Angels are incredible beings that the Lord has created to carry out His purposes. There are a few simple points of comparison the author makes.
- Jesus is God’s Son, angels are not – verse 5
- Angels worship Jesus, Jesus does not worship angels – verse 6
- Jesus is anointed as the eternal heavenly king, angels are not – verse 7-13
- Linking to the Old Testament.
As you can already tell, the book of Hebrews is chock full of Old Testament quotes. Sections of this book are practically a commentary on the Psalms. This is one of the reasons why this book is so helpful in bridging the gap between the covenants.
For further study: Consider looking up all of the Old Testament passages and reading them in context.