Scripture

Hebrews 1:3-4, 3:5-6, 9:11-14 (NIV)

1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

3:5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

9:11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Questions

The writer of Hebrews presents how Jesus is better than angels, Moses, the high priests and sacrifice. What do we learn from the Scripture above of how Jesus is better than each of these?

What are some of the things that the world presents as being better than life with Jesus? What are some of the ways that your relationship with Jesus stands alone from anything the world can give?

In what ways does Jesus being first in your life impact your in the everyday? What kinds of decisions do you make differently as a result of Jesus being Lord over your life?


Practical Application

We’ve never had more opportunity to be distracted from the things that truly matter in life. Whether it’s the latest and greatest piece of tech, TV shows to binge watch or info overload on our favorite sports teams, there are so many things that can draw us away from enjoying our relationship with God.

Why not spend some time this week asking the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to things that draw you away from a closer relationship with God. You might consider how you use your spare time, money and what you think of most often. These can often highlight the things that are competing for first place in our hearts.


Discussion

Join Will and Doug as they discuss how relationship with Jesus truly is better than everything else and how that central relationship informs all others.

Go Further

Jesus is Better – Article by Melissa Kruger
Overview: Hebrews – Video Teaching by The Bible Project
Jesus At The Center – Song by Israel & The New Breed