Most of the times when people want to know about Jesus and the Holy Bible, they immediately go to the four gospels of the New Testament (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). This is not surprising, since those four narratives best give the depictions of Jesus’ earthly life, ministry, conversations, teachings, and friendships.
After reading the gospels, some may read the book of Acts since it records Jesus’ last exchange with his disciples before being taken up into Heaven. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples “over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3).” At that time, he also gave a promise and increased their anticipation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus miraculously disappeared as mysteriously as he was miraculously born. The angels told the disciples, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into Heaven (Acts 1:11).”
But a miraculous birth and a miraculous departure are not the beginning or end of Jesus’ story. I have been most consistent in the second component of David Platt’s Radical Experiment—read through the entire Word in one year. I am now reading books 51 and 52 of 66, and I call tell you that the entire Bible speaks to Jesus’ life, ministry, hope, work, and promises. I was amazed at the Christology (theological study which answers the questions: 1. Who is Jesus? And 2. What is the nature and significance of Jesus’ work?) presented in the first five chapters of Hebrews.
Those short chapters reveal that Christ is:
- Heir of all things (1:2)
- Maker of the universe (1:2, 10)
- Radiance of God’s glory (1:3, 2:7,9) and the exact representation of his being
- Sustainer of all things by his powerful word (1:3)
- Provided purification for sins (1:3). Simply put, Jesus makes us pure.
- Superior to the angels (1:4); therefore, angels are not worthy of our worship
- Son of God (1:5); 1st born of God (1:6)
- The one whose throne will be established forever (1:8, 11)
- Lover of righteousness and hates wickedness (1:9)
- The same forever more (1:12)
- Is now sitting at the right hand of the Father until the Father makes Jesus’ enemies a footstool (1:13, 2:8). This means that Christ has overcome the devil and his agents.
- On the cross, he destroyed the devil who held the power of death (2:14-15) and freed us (those who believe in Jesus) from the fear of death
- The merciful (4:16) and faithful high priest (4:15, 5:6) and servant to God (2:17)
- Makes atonement (or payment) for sins of the people (2:17)
- Helps those who are tempted (2:18)
I am so encouraged that many of these truths are presented and supported in other scriptures throughout scripture. If an in-depth study of these concepts cannot be completed now, I at least want you to get this:
Jesus Christ, the perfect God-man, was made perfect through suffering (2:10). Hebrews 5:7-8 [NIV] reads:
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent [honorable or respectful] submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered…
From this we know, “we do not have a high priest [Christ] who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin (Heb 4:15).” This same Jesus said to his disciples, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”
Jesus is everywhere. He knows our troubles, understands the harsh realities of this world; he sympathizes with our weaknesses. During his time on earth, he learned obedience through the things he suffered. During his times of suffering, he prayed and submitted to his father’s will. His obedience has brought us victory! Therefore, we can know that Jesus is with us in our mountain and valley experiences. He is everywhere, all the time. He has overcome the world and in him, we have hope.
© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2012