February 7
Jesus is Greater
Jesus is Greater Than Sin
Our society, like the Jews of the first century, is plagued by the twin threats: Sin and Unbelief (lack of faith). God has freed us from sin, but we so easily believe the lie that it can provide us what we want and need. And God has given us the ability to have faith. We can’t afford to let go of what he has given!

February 14
Jesus is Greater
A Greater Sabbath
The Sabbath has almost never been truly observed by Christians. And while we are freed from the mandate of the Law regarding the Sabbath, we aren’t freed from the need for what the Sabbath provides. Like the Jews, we need the Sabbath—the real Sabbath found only in Jesus.

February 21
Jesus is Greater
A Greater High Priest
Most people today have a very different idea of “priest” than those who received this letter in the first century. But both need to know the truth that Jesus is not only better than any priest available to the Jews—or to us—but because of Jesus, he is the only priest we need.

February 28
Jesus is Greater
Warning: Apostasy
If Jesus is better than anything the Christian Jews had—or anything available to us—turning our back on him now not only doesn’t make sense, it is disastrous. There is a point where we can no longer turn to Jesus. But as long as we are willing to repent, we are welcomed by God.

March 6
Jesus is Greater
A Greater Promise
The value of a promise is entirely dependent on who is making it. We tend to break promises. And God never made many “promises” attributed to him. We can trust God to do exactly what he promised—because of who he is.

March 13
Jesus is Greater
The mysterious Melchizedek was legendary to the Jews. But Jesus, who shared many characteristics with this great and mysterious man, is greater. Why should we care? Because as mysterious as Melchizedek—and Jesus—are, we can trust him and rely on him.

March 20
Jesus is Greater
Greater Than
It has been established that Jesus is better than Melchizedek—and a better High Priest. We do not need other people to represent us to God—in fact, that is OUR job as people of the Kingdom to people of the world. Jesus was the perfect and only needed priest—and he still is.

March 27

April 3
Jesus is Greater
A covenant is the laying out of conditions of a relationship between two people or two parties. It involves blessings if the covenant is kept—and curses if it is not. A covenant is a very serious relationship, and could only be finalized when sealed by the blood of a sacrifice. Jesus provides a better covenant between us and God—and he sealed it with his own blood.

April 10
Jesus is Greater
The sacrifice is still a strange thing to us. But in the time of this letter, every culture known to the author and readers practiced animal sacrifice. They all understood how important the sacrifice was—but Jesus was a much greater sacrifice than anything any of them ever offered. Understanding this helps establish our faith in Jesus today.

April 17
Jesus is Greater
The ways the Jews tried to please God and make up for their sin—following the Law and making sacrifice—never worked. Jesus so much greater than the Law, and his sacrifice so much greater than those offered by men, it seems ridiculous to turn back them. And yet that was a temptation for the Jewish Christians. Today, only Jesus offers forgiveness and the ability to change us. We can’t afford to turn our back on one who is so much greater!

April 24
Jesus is Greater
All of us will one day stand before God. The question is, who will he be in relation to us? It is a terrifying thing to stand before the living God—when he is our judge. Jesus gave us a way to avoid this—by accepting his forgiveness. But if we don’t persevere in our faith and reliance on him, we invite that terror.

May 1
Jesus is Greater
How do you persevere in the face of all the challenges and disappointments we encounter in life? The answer is faith. But we need to truly understand what faith is—and God has given us many examples of people who are as flawed as we are, and yet stood before God in faith. If they can do it, so can we!

May 8
Jesus is Greater
If we choose not to face God as judge by coming to him through faith in Jesus, who is he to us? The answer—he is Father. And not just any father, but the perfect one. The problem is we don’t always feel that. By understanding the true role of a father in our life, we understand that everything happening in our lives is being used by the perfect Father to build us into the person we were created to be!

May 15
Jesus is Greater
Because Jesus is so much greater than anything the Jews of the first century—or anyone since—has encountered, it is easy for those of us who know him to become comfortable. Sometimes too comfortable, thinking we can take God lightly, or even invent our own way to him. The danger of taking these roads cannot be overemphasized. The answer is to keep our focus on what God has done.

May 22
Jesus is Greater
After hearing everything the writer of this letter has to say, his readers needed some final—and very basic—advice on how to live it all out. That advice is just as important to us today. In the end, it is all about living out faith—faithfully!

May 29
Memorial Day Sunday
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