Sermon Series: The Book of Hebrews
The “Book of Hebrews” is a title that doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s not really a book, but instead seems to be a sermon. It’s not written in Hebrew, but is actually Greek. It isn’t written to a synagogue, but a church that seems to be going through a bit of a slump. There’s even a debate as to who actually wrote it! So, over the next four weeks we’ll read the Book of Hebrews together to try and understand the who, what, and why of this essential Christian text.
May 15, 2022 – The Pioneer of Salvation
The writer of Hebrews calls Jesus the “pioneer of salvation.” What do you think of when you hear the word, “pioneer?” Davy Crocket? Racoon-Skin Cap? The Oregon Trail? What in the world does it mean that Jesus is a “pioneer?”
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[a] 12 He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises.”[b]
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”[c]
And again he says,
“Here am I, and the children God has given me.”[d]
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them,[e] fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.