Hebrews 1:1-3 – SOMETHING BETTER 

We are constantly looking and striving for something better.

  • A better job
  • A better home
  • A better grade
  • A better behavior from our children
  • A better relationship with our spouses, children, family and friends
  • A better sound system, computer, or car 

There are times when it would do us well to be content with what we have. 1 Timothy 6:6, Hebrews 13:5 

There are other times however, when it is good to seek something better. Philippians 3:13-14 

I should be striving for a better knowledge of God, a better understanding of God’s Word, a closer walk with God, and better fruitfulness in the service of God.      

The Book of Hebrews is a book that is constantly showing us something better. The Word better is used thirteen times in this book.  It is a book written to Jewish Christians who were tempted to bail out on Christianity and go back to Judaism. In this book we find lessons that show us that because Jesus Christ is better, there is a better way for us to live now.  

You might even be like the Hebrews to whom this letter was written.  You may be considering bailing out on your traditional faith and going back to something you once knew, or leaving your traditional faith for something more modern or trendy. You shouldn’t do this, because Christ is better and the true Christian life is better than anything anyone else can offer.  The Book of Hebrews shows us this. 

According to these first three verses:

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSAGE

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSENGER 

Because we have a better messenger and a better message, we have a better life and a better hope. 

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSAGE 

Since the first word of Scripture was written down there has always been a good message.

We had a good message because God has spoken!

God spoke in the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:1 

God did not speak his message all at once in the Old Testament.  His message came over the course of hundreds of years through 39 Old Testament books.  From time to time he spoke.   

Also God’s message came in various ways. 

As good as the Old Testament is there is a problem.

It is an incomplete message.

God had more to say to us.

The Old Testament speaks of promises which were yet to be fulfilled.

That’s why there is a New Testament besides the Old Testament. 

God spoke in past times to the “fathers”, the Jewish ancestors. Today He has spoken to us through His Son. We now have a completed message with the addition of the New Testament. 

We now have the “Good News” of Christ in the Gospels.

We now have the theology of Christ in the Epistles.

And we have a description of Christ’s culmination of all things in the future in the Book of Revelation.

 We now we have a completed Scriptures. Revelation 22:18-19 

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSENGER 

Hebrews 1:1 – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 

In the Old Testament, God spoke through good men, His servants, the prophets.  Men like Moses, Ezra, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel received messages from God and wrote them down.  2 Peter 1:21 

These were good, godly men who under the direction of the Holy Spirit wrote.  And in the New Testament, good and godly men also wrote down the Word of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit. 

What is the difference? Hebrews 1:2 – God has in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,

God sent a special envoy from Heaven to speak to us.  This is who the New Testament writers speak of.  This special envoy is the better messenger that the Old Testament did not have. 

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS PERSON 

Who is Jesus Christ?  He is the eternal Son of God. Mark 1:1, John 1:1-2

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. 

When God chose to save a sinful, rebellious world…

When God chose to communicate what He is like…

When God chose to show us Himself…

He sent His Son! 

One of the great prophecies of Christmas is Isaiah 9:6.

In this verse God shows us just how great the person is whom He sent to us. Isaiah 9:6 

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS PERFORMANCE 

The Lord Jesus has done more than any prophet or any other person.

In Hebrews 11:2 we are told that it is by the Lord Jesus that God made the worlds. I owe my existence to the Son of God.

It says here that He created the worlds and the word here means “the ages”. 

That is quite a performance, but there is more!

Hebrews 11:3 tells us that He is upholding all things by the word of His power.

Colossians 1:17 – And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

You and I can count on order in the natural world around us simply because Lord Jesus holds it together!  

Creating everything and holding them together are certainly great performances.  But there is one more thing that He did that is absolutely amazing.  Hebrews 11:3 tells us that He has by Himself purged our sins. 

Our sins are dirty. Isaiah 64:6 

Our sins are dirty, so Jesus purged or purified them. He washed them.  And He did it by Himself. 

He is the only one that would ever qualify to wash away our sins because he is the only one that was sinless Himself.    

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

1 Peter 1:18-19 – Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 

So Jesus died to purge our sins, to wash us clean.  So how do we take that bath?  How do we make sure that His blood has washed our sins away?   

 How do we apply His blood to our account?     

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

By faith tell Jesus that you are apply His blood to your account if you haven’t already. Trust Him as your Savior.    

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION 

Look at Vs. 2 – God has appointed Jesus “heir of all things”. 

God has appointed Jesus as his Heir. Not that God is going to die, but that God has appointed that all that is rightfully His belongs to Christ, His Son. 

Being heir will include on day inheriting the nations of the earth to rule over them. See Psalm 2.

Being heir will mean that every single person that ever lived will bow the knee to the Son of God. See Philippians 2:9-11

Being heir will include living and reigning with God for all eternity in the new Heaven and new earth. 

See 1 Corinthians 15:25-28

Being heir will include us as being joint-heirs with Christ. See Romans 8:16-17 

As heir where is Jesus? 

Hebrews 1:3 tells us that He …sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 

Right now Jesus sits in a place of honor, authority, and power.  He is just waiting until the Father says that it is time to act.  Then He will return. Psalm 110:1 

So there should be no doubt in your mind.

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSAGE

WE HAVE A BETTER MESSENGER 

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS PERSON

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS PERFORMANCE

HE IS A BETTER MESSENGER BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION