Why do we crave salvation but fear a savior? It is not just in culture, but in the church we cry out for healing, deliverance, redemption…yet we neglect to “turn our eyes upon Jesus”. Hebrews will have no part of this mindset, in fact, in many ways Hebrews is written to combat this exact mindset, longing to display the majesty of Christ because it knows the better we understand who the Savior is, the greater will identify with the salvation he offers.
In Hebrews 1:4-14, the author start by showing the ways Christ is better than the angels. He is better because he is the Son of God (1:4-6); He is better because he worshipped and served (1:6-7, 14); He is better because he is God (1:8); He is better because he is King (1:9,13); He is better because he is Creator, Everlasting and Unchanging (10-12). Hebrews starts here because we have to understand this (who Christ is!) to fully grasp what Hebrews is about the tell us.
The tension is set in Hebrews 2:8b-9a (ESV), “At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death…” Can you see the tension?
1. The world looks out of control. Sin is present, evil persists, promises are unrealized, pain inflicts, and chaos reigns. Nothing seems to be under His control.
2. But also, Jesus is crowned with glory and honor. He sits at the right hand of God and rules.
This is where Hebrews wants to confront us…can you believe he reigns even when everything seems out of his control? And the answer is you can’t if you seek salvation without the savior. If we neglect the greatness of our Savior, we will neglect the greatness of our salvation.
There is no salvation without a savior, and there is no Savior but Jesus Christ. Begin with Jesus, “look full in his wonderful face, and things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”