Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Him, that is Jesus.

John Piper preached Hebrews 13 at T4G.. I'm doing the same next week for Bath CU, and desperately trying to not rip off Dr Piper's work. But top this:
Jesus is

God’s final revelation (1:2).
The heir of all things (1:2).
The creator of the world (1:2).
The radiance of God’s glory (1:3).
The exact imprint of God’s nature (1:3).

He upholds the universe by the word of his power (1:3).
He made purification for sins (1:3).
He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High (1:4).
He is God, enthroned forever, with a scepter of uprightness (1:8).
He is worshipped by angels (1:6).
His rule will have no end (1:8).
His joy is above all other beings in the universe (1:9).
He took on human flesh (2:14).
He was crowned with glory and honor because of his suffering (2:9).
He was the founder of our salvation (2:10).
He was made perfect in all his obedience by his suffering (2:10).
He destroyed the one who has the power of death, the devil (2:15).
He delivered us from the bondage of fear (2:15).
He is a merciful and faithful high priest (2:17)
He made propitiation for sins (2:17).
He is sympathetic because of his own trials (4:15).
He never sinned (4:15).
He offered up loud cries and tears with reverent fear, and God heard him (5:7).
He became the source of eternal salvation (5:8)
He holds his priesthood by virtue of an indestructible life (7:16).
He appears in the presence of God on our behalf (9:24).
He will come a second time to save us who are eagerly waiting for him (9:28).
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (13:8)

All of this supremacy of Christ is poured into the word “him” in Hebrews 13:13: “Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” To him!
Which to be fair, is just John Piper reading out verses from a Jesus-saturated book... which makes me feel like it's a bit less dubious to do the same sort of thing. Particularly since my talk is the end of a long series on the book.

1 comment:

  1. that is awesome indeed!
    I listened to a piper sermon on hebrews 13 to do with how suffering and joy are connected. it was amazing!