Sunday School Material 12-7-14: Worship Christs Majesty





(Hebrews 1:1-9; 12/7/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is Jesus is superior to all other types of revelation and angels. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live as if Jesus is superior in our lives.

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Body:

Read Hebrews 1:1-3

I. God’s Self-Expression. The writer in our Sunday School material talks about how God has been communicating. In the past, God spoke through the prophets and in various ways. In the last days, God speaks through His Son.

The Son is the appointed heir, the one through whom the universe was made, and the radiance of God’s glory among other things. He sits on the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

Applications -

- How God speaks. Notice in vss. 1-2 that God has revealed Himself in various ways. When Jesus was on Earth, He was the most authoritative way of knowing the Father. Now, we have the Bible, as the most authoritative way of knowing God.

Whatever we think God may be saying to us through a vision, reason, experiences, or wise counsel should be compared with God’s word.

Let’s live like we believe that God’s word is authoritative truth. Such living should be known for prayerfully studying God’s word and then obeying it.

- Our last days. Notice in vs. 2 of our Sunday School material there is mention of the “last days.” Some scholars would argue that we are living in the last days and they will end when Jesus comes back. Some have different understandings.

The most profitable idea for us to focus on is that these are our last days. We are getting closer and closer to our date with death. In fact, today can be our last day.

Let’s live like these are our last days. Such living should be noted for obeying God’s word with the expectation of being with Him on the other side of death.

- The specialness of Jesus. Notice in vss. 2-3 how Jesus is pictured. He is an heir, involved in creation, the exact representation of the Father, sustainer, purifier, and the one who sits on the right side of the Father. Jesus is in a category all by Himself. 

We could talk about how He is the heir of God the Father unlike any other. We could talk about how His involvement in creation puts Him outside the category of being created Himself. And we could go on and on. 

At the end of the day, if we are not living as if Jesus is extra special then our knowledge does nothing but make us more eligible for divine punishment (see Lk. 12:48). Let’s live as if Jesus is extra special in our lives. Such living should be known for following His commands to love God and others, as we love ourselves. 

- Jesus our sustainer. Notice in vs. 3 of our Sunday School material that Jesus is the sustainer.  It is one thing to create. It is another to sustain. 

When we act as if we are in a hopeless situation and find ourselves in a panic or in a state of depression because of the troubles that we see, we insult Jesus being our sustainer. No matter how bad things look in our lives, we can trust God to sustain us through Christ. 

Sometimes He sustains us on the other side of death. In other words, we ought not equate Jesus’ sustaining us with we will never die. 

But we should acknowledge that we don’t die like those without Christ. When a believer dies, we actually shed our flesh, so we can be with the Lord (see II Cor. 5:8). Let’s live like Jesus is our sustainer. Such living should be known for confident obedience. We can trust God to take care of His own. 

Read Hebrews 1:4-9

II. Superior to Created Beings. The Sunday School material text goes on to talk about how the Son/Jesus is greater than the angels. It is never said of angels that they will be God’s Son. In fact, the angels are called to worship the Son, not the other way around. 

Applications -

- Angels. Notice in vss. 4-7 that Jesus is well above angels. On one hand, there are angels. In various places in the Bible, we see that angels are messengers of God. And we also see that God uses them to aid His people. To a significant degree, we should strive to be angelic - messengers and agents of God’s love. 

On the other hand, Jesus is well above angels, as mentioned of above. Let’s let God use us as angels and live as if Jesus is greater than angels.

- Eternal and just. Notice in vs. 8 of the Sunday School material that Jesus is eternal and just. In the United States, we change Presidents every four to eight years. Almost all of those who have served as the President are dead, except for a handful. Some of our Presidents have been accused of doing things that were not in the best interest of our country. 

But with Jesus, we have One who is eternal and just. We don’t have to worry about term limits, assassination, or death.  We don’t have to worry about scandals. Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is eternal and just. Such living should be known for obedience and joyful confidence. 

- Joy. Notice in vs. 9 that Jesus is anointed with oil of joy. Among the things that could be noted about this Sunday School material text is the fact that Jesus had some joy. 

There are too many joyless people who claim to be Christians. This is almost a contradiction in terms. To be a follower of Christ includes having some joy about who Jesus is and what He is doing for us. 

Let’s keep our hearts open to experiencing Jesus joy. Often it is a joy that is inspired by what we believe, not what we see. 

Conclusion: Let’s work on living as if Jesus is superior in our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.

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