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January 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Revisiting the second installment of Pastor Russ Andrews' series on Hebrews as 2021 commences, continuing in Hebrews 2: 1-18 and answering the four questions: What have we heard? What should be our response? What has Jesus done for us? And what is Jesus doing for us now?
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Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious prayer for this day, your Lord, we look at there's a very dark world. But you are the light of the world in your life shines brightest when it is the darkest leper that your light shine in his room tonight that it would flood our hearts and our minds with your truth that we would Lord here what you have to say and we would pay careful attention to it and not drift on by so knowing that I pray. Amen. Okay, so we are in Hebrews chapter 2.
Last week we covered the first four verses of Hebrews chapter 1, I wish I could do the balance in chapter 1, but I don't have time to do that and all chapter and we get back in January will be in Hebrews chapter 3's.
I want to really try to take Hebrews chapter 2 and have us all learn something incumbent of the Lord more deeply over the past 17 years ministry that I found back in 2003. Finding purpose is hosted 14 events here in Raleigh at the Carolina country club. The reason we chose the Carolina country club was because a central location and we were trying to reach businessmen with the gospel and I ended up everyone that attended all those events and the number comes to about 6000 primarily me and the women and I hesitate you store the majority hopes that the majority probably the very large portion of those who attended these events heard a clear presentation of the gospel, but I believe that most of them moved on with their lives without giving serious consideration to what they just heard. Sadly, this is the response of most of the people that you and I know they hear the message but they just drift through life with apparently no real interest in the gospel.
They are forever hearing but never understanding and that brings us to Hebrews chapter 2 said to follow along with me begin with verse one.
The writer of Hebrews writes we must pay more careful attention. Therefore, do what with her so that we do not what drift away. Since the message spoken by Angels was binding in every violation and disobedience received its just punishment.
How shall we escape, if we ignore so great a salvation.
This salvation which was first announced by the Lord was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit that horse were distributed according to his will in the tonight man I would answer four questions.
First, what we heard what should be our response. What has Jesus done for us and number four what is Jesus doing for us right now. So what have we heard where we have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Remember, the writer of Hebrews is addressing his fellow Jews and he's reminding them of what they have heard the gospel that this Jesus of Nazareth, who lived among them.was buried and was raised again the third day you hear this message from your first this salvation was announced to them by Jesus himself. You may remember that in Luke chapter 4 when Jesus returned to his hometown. He went to the synagogue and the tradition was that whenever a visiting teacher, Rabbi was present that would invite him to read. The reason for that day.
And so Jesus was invited to come up say standing there in his hand of the scroll Messiah.
Chapter 61, and here's what he rates. He ripped the spirit of the Lord is only Christie's unknowingly to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor just like all you guys every in the synagogue was fastened on him and he looked at them and he said today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing he was declaring himself to be the long-awaited Messiah who was sent by God to preach good news to the world and humor what they did. They want to stone them. So this salvation was first announced by Jesus to the Hebrews to the Jews. Then it was confirmed by those who heard him and witnessed his life, namely, who the apostles and specifically the apostle Paul first John chapter 1 verses one to sass this again, this is John the disciple writing this is that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which was seen with her eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched this we proclaim concerning the word of life. The life appeared with CNET and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the father is appear to us you believe his eyewitness account is Jonathan something to us right now. He said he saw he touched see all the Jews had to do was believe this good news. But most of them moved on with their lives. They just drifted on through life not only was the gospel announced by Jesus and confirm that these eyewitness accounts, but God himself testified to the gospel with signs and wonders and miracles.
Remember in Matthew chapter 3 when Jesus was baptized everyone around heard a voice from heaven saying this is my son with him on well-placed. This was the first of many miracles and Pacific God the father confirming to his son and everyone around him that this is his son, the promised Messiah. Then Jesus went on to heal the sick.
He gave sight to the blind.
He enabled the deaf to hear the lame to walk and even raise people from the dead.
Jesus still refuse to believe he supports to the hardness of man's heart. So Jesus said to them, in John chapter 14 verse 11 believe me when I say I am in the father and the father is in me, or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. Jesus announced the gospel. The apostles confirmed it got testify to it in the Holy Spirit, sealed it, number Jesus. It will not go away. I'm going to send another comforter, who will be with you.
He said I will return to you was talking about his spirit, the Holy Spirit is also known as the spirit of God, or the spirit of Jesus is God's spirit living in us and is his spirit who testifies with our spirit.
There were children of God that we belong to him and that we can actually really say our father II she's oversight my father who is in heaven. The Jews had every opportunity to believe yet so many refuse to come to Jesus and so one day when Jesus was looking out of the city of Jerusalem, the city was waiting and he said this, he said, oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you killed the prophets and stone those sent to you.
How often have long to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing look, your house is left to you desolate. What happened in 70 A.D. the Romans came in and ransacked the temple and destroyed the city of Jerusalem. Their house literally became desolate and it sends me to say this man, but I believe that when the Lord looks out of our country right now and I were about folks in our nation right now. I believe he's saying the same thing O America America health don't have long to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you have not been willing look your nation.
Our nation my nation is left to us desolate after that God is and has been forsaking us know wards he's letting us go our own way.
He he is given us over to our sinful desires. He's letting us have what we want. Romans one verses 21 through 20 forces. For although they knew God would not know God as a nation.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claim to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like man and birds and animals and reptiles, and therefore says God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. If you don't read through the rest of Romans want to sit there three times and says God gives them over and every time he gives his ovaries to Laura and or debased debauchery because they were to natural sin unnatural say on the need to explain what that is any desire to deprive mine deprive mine is what happens to a nation when its leaders can no longer discern between good and evil, between right and wrong and that's what we are. But let me give you a warning here. Look back in verses one through three. Get out your see this carefully. We read, we must pay more careful attention. Therefore, to what we have heard so that we do not drift away.
Since the message spoke about angels was binding in every violation and disobedience received. It's just punishment. How shall we escape, if we ignore so great a salvation is talk about the law that was given to Moses the law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. But since I didn't really realize until I studied Hebrews chapter 2 is it would be.
It was with the assistance of angels probably thousands of angels. The Bible is a gives a lot of information about these angels, but there are two places where it mentions this in acts chapter 7 verse 53 when Stephen stood before the Sanhedrin.
He said you have received the law was put into effect to the Angels but not abated is talk to the Pharisees as they had received the law but was first given to Moses with the assistance of these angels and in Galatians 319 it says the law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. That mediator was to Moses now chose to think about the law.
It was binding that is if you broke it, you pay the penalty immediately. Judgment was swift and often deadly is a second port. It was just punishment fit the crime. But here's the most important truth. I want you to grasp the writer of Hebrews is reminding us that God is still just because he does not change. If you care to allow during the time of the Old Testament. He still asked the same when we break the main law which is if we do not believe he is still just we will receive the punishment that fits the crime.
If we ignore so great a salvation was the unpardonable sin, unbelief, what is the punishment for those refuse to believe the gospel. Romans 623 says the wages of sin is what death of the debtor is talking about here is eternal death in a place called hell. Jesus said more about hail than anyone else in the Bible.
He warned about it time and time again, why did you do that because he hates us because he loves us. He will share the truth. So what you can. If you give thanks, fear to your turn to him say can save you.
But you know what, you never hear anything about hail in churches anymore because our enemy the devil doesn't want us to know about the existence of a real little place called hell is he wants to know that his own existence.
So Satan has done a masterful job in our country tickly and liberal churches could see both his own existence and the very existence of hell. So here's a warning look at verse three.
How shall we escape, if we ignore sagrada salvation he's talking about the wrath of God that is coming on the day of judgment for those who ignore the gospel message. First Thessalonians chapter 1 verse 10 says Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath. Much of it is a wonderful Christmas message displayed during this get better. The bed is always followed by what good news and I heard a Dr. Steven David is a pastor colonial Baptist, I got these two titles of Jesus from him and saw he was preaching this weekend. He said the first time Jesus came he came as the gracious Redeemer have her when he comes, he will come back as the grim reaper and he will be full of the wrath of God is come back to destroy what evil, what is he destroy evil now because he is so patient and long-suffering and he wants more people to be saved. The overwhelming majority of people that you and I know you will not escape the coming wrath. You know why because most of them have not paid careful attention to what I've heard so they just drift along the with the word used for drift is in the ingredients power Pat it means to float all or drift away like a ship where the captain does not he pay attention to warning windows in a better place. Every timekeeper that a funeral service with a guy who really, really Stepford and church, and you know he was not a believer yet advice is what he's good he's been reunited with his father was mother was wife whatever really lists. I've never been to a funeral with a person is not in heaven they'll go to heaven. So either all these funeral services. Some of them along with the Bible is wrong because Jesus said the road that leads to life is what narrowing and how many people find it. Only a few have you paid careful attention to what you've heard. John 336. As whoever believes in the son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Pay careful attention to what you're hearing tonight is your hearing the gospel. You got time to get everything okay with Christ.
That brings us to verses five through 18, which I'm ready get here. We get to see why the gospel offer such great salvation begin with verse five. It was not to angels that he, God has subjected the world to come about which we're speaking, but is a place where someone is testified what is man a supplement to what is man that you are mindful of him, God the son of man is another euphemism for for man settlement.
Jesus is the Son of Man here. Talk about us, what is man that you are mindful of him, the Son of Man that you care for him. You make him a little lower than the angels you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet and putting everything under him. God left nothing that is not subject to him yet. At present, we do not see everything subject to him talk about us, but we see Jesus a net shift from man Jesus, but we see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for little while now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone, in bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God for who or whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through what he suffered, but the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of what the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them what brothers Jesus saying this to you right now I will declare your name to my brothers in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises and again I will put my trust in him and again he says here MR and the children God has given me since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death, that is to the devil and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. Only a Christian can approach death with no fear, for surely is not angels he helps but Abraham's descendents. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God that he might make atonement for the sins of the people because he himself suffered when he was tempted. He's able to help those who been tempted another one of our satellite is heavy about our country. I have to be honest with you I fear for our country.
I don't want to watch the news now but I want you to understand this truth is I do believe what I believe our nation is under God's judgment cannot be you can kill 60 million babies in Ascot to turn a blind eye and apparently I hate to say this but the next president. But he wants to pull a gun charge of health, the sector of health, health education is the most radical person he is so in favor of unfettered abortion and not announcing God's people wheel I am questioning. I want to sty don't stand God sometimes but I have to accept that he knows best and sometimes he gives a nation the leaders it deserves. But here's the good news as whatever God brings judgment and that judgment is always and always a ray of hope.
So tonight I wanted to and with hope in Jesus is our great hope he has offered such a great salvation only platter to us. All we have to do is eat it, take it. So what is Jesus done for us when he relearned that in the world to come. When the Lord Jesus returns to this earth. God is going to subject everything not to angels but to us isolate us with coheirs with Christ is subjected to Christ. Please go to subjected to assess what the text says here. This was his original plan. This what Salomé which the Hebrew right he was referring back to Salt Lake is about his men.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then he made mankind and what he tell mankind to do have dominion over the earth. Psalm eight says the writer. David is talking about how God made man he said you make him ruler over the works of your hands you put everything under his feet, but we blew it with the fall we lost that place of dominion Homer can't come to them really recommending he says sand with its curse hail man back from reaching that ideal set forth in Psalm eight got this wonderful plan for us guys in the beginning but we blew it, but he had to have a plan that was that God's son would become one of us can't goes on to say what man lost by the fall, the man Christ Jesus achieved.
Thus, all believing man who believes in here particular tables will happen to you. We will ultimately reach the goal of Psalm eight by virtue of being in union with Christ. This explains why this is such a great salvation.
Not only do we escape hail in God's wrath, but we're going to be given dominion over the world which is coming this time of the world and the Christ remake when resources are earth and were going to reign with Christ all this coming new earth, for how long after allergies accomplish this with us with the gospel is all about. Because of the grace of God. Jesus suffered death, so that we might not have to end this in his suffering.
He was made perfect.
It simply means that the suffering was necessary. Guys, so that he might identify with us completely in our suffering is what what we we suffering you better believe were suffering. I walk around in a look at all the potholes going and we live in a pretty well off city, but you look at our country to just decay. We can afford to fix everything up and we got the hospitals are jampacked with Andre pandemic. We got a friend of ours Lamar Jones is dying of a brain tumor. We got Chris struggling with leukemia and only know how it goes. You know somebody some you guys are suffering on nine suffering financially, suffering with depression and stress so he could identify with us as he suffered two says by his death and resurrection he is bringing many sons to what Lori glory minutes where we headed at this is such a great salvation. We can even grasp it. So in closing I want to tell you. Hebrews what he says what it says about Jesus, you understand who he is and how this is so good for us. Jesus is our victorious Capt. knows that verse 10 says that Jesus became the author of our salvation.
The great war that is used here, I love this war now sees when the princes octagon and secondly Star Wars octagon just say octagon.
Jesus is our octagon that is it it it means up a leader or pioneer, but really a better picture. It has a military tone. He is out he is a military captain leading his army in a new direction when Jesus died on the cross, the veil was torn into open up a new what a God when he arose from the data he completely destroyed sin, death and the devil.
So now man we belong to Christ should have no fear of what death if not the Bible doesn't talk about his dying, he talks about us falling asleep and you wake up where paradise that's what Chris is not worried he truly don't think he's concerned about is not been over to see his children grow up, which I totally understand and his wife Stephanie has the same kind of faith is amazing number Jesus nullity victorious To present elder brother. Look he's not ashamed to call us as brothers. That's why I sent to my emails. Your brother in Christ, if under your believer. If I say in Christ by Wednesday wanted to buy my cigarettes in one day. Listen guys will gather at the wedding supper, the Lamb and Jesus will stand up say Stephan is my brother Stephanie to send Stephan that you got a good boss like everything now what you hear my voice will sing every year we sing of you, Stephan.
They don't what is Jesus doing was now with this is the third thing is he is all great merciful sympathetic high priest bow since he was tipped in every way that we were. This is because he himself suffered when he was tempted. He's able to help those who are being tempted. You know what guys, when you struggle with some of the sins of the flesh you think Jesus standing there condemning you is hard for me to believe he was tempted in every way that have been attempted yet he didn't given to say I did that the Holy Spirit will convict me that's for my good seductress asked Lord forgive me for doing that, Laura.
I want to turn away from it. With your help helping her turn away.
He just restores my fellowship with him. Satan is the accuser Jesus is the consoler wants is such a great salvation because I Jesus is leading a band of brothers victoriously toward the new heavens and the new earth where he's gonna wipe away every tear from us. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain forces for the old order of things were passed away in which God is gonna bring us back. We all began in the garden and he will say yes brothers never going to write, to have dominion over everything the mountains, the rivers, the valleys, the streams surfing, waterskiing, tennis, basketball, work, the cursorily removed the incredible joy so don't ignore the gospel when you hear it our salvation. Man is the greatest gift we process and Christmas is all about what getting slaves be intentional this Christmas about sharing this great salvation with our friends and family members and neighbors who listen still drifting through life really have no hope. And finally, if you're not sure that you have real hope and what your responsibility to the gospel believe the Lord Jesus Christ and what you will be saved and that's what Christmas is all about is such a great salvation. Christmas the spring and the father thank you for your word. Thank you for the truth contained in it. Thank you, what your teachers will I'm so excited. I think I'm more excited about the state of Hebrews that I never really studied in depth than any book I've ever studied and I think were going to see you more clearly through this Christological book that any book that we've ever studied.
I pray to have a father that you would bless these men watch over their families, and Laura Prichard protect all the men in this study, and our wives and children from covert, so we will have to shut down Lord bring us back safely in January and are pretty chill add to our number and I pray that sometime Lord during the winter, spring will be together here completely alone. I do pray for our nation. I pray for whoever shall be our president. Pray for governor, with all the latest Lord I pray that they would come to know you printed our nation will return to you and then we would have a revival before you return. Thank you for the great salvation knowing that I play being a Christian is not about being religious but about having the dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders local triangle ministry glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You can discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the resources finding purpose.net will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local tribal men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh.
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