Christ’s resurrection shows his superiority over all other religious leaders. Choose any religious leader from the past. All passed away. Choose any present leader. They will all pass away also. Christ died for our sins on the cross; he was buried and rose again the third day according to the scripture. (See First Corinthians 15:3-4). I have previously dealt with the reality of Christ’s resurrection in other blogs. My purpose here is to show his superiority. If you do not believe that Christ rose from the dead, then this article will mean nothing to you.
One purpose of the Book of Hebrews was to show Christ’s superiority. Over the next several weeks I will deal with each of these following topics in more detail. For now, I would just to give you a brief overview of the Book of Hebrews. Several books have been written on the superiority if Christ as seen in the Book of Hebrews. You can check them out for further study.
The Book of Hebrews shows:
- His superiority over all the Old Testament prophets (Hebrews 1:1, 2)
- His superiority over the angels (Hebrews 1:3-14)
- His superiority over Moses (Hebrews 3:3-6)
- His Sabbath rest superior to the Old Testament Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4:1-11)
- His High Priesthood ministry superior to all others (Hebrews 7:26-8:6)
- His Covenant superior to the Old Testament covenant (Hebrews 8:6-7). The first covenant (OT) is obsolete (Hebrews 8:13). Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant (Hebrews 12:24). The law is but a shadow of the good things that were to come. As Paul said in Colossians 2:16-17, “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Christ is as superior to the law as the substance is to the shadow that it casts.
- His sacrifice superior to the OT sacrifices (Hebrews 9:11-15). His sacrifice fulfilled all the OT sacrificial system (Hebrews 9:24-28)
There is no other sacrifice: “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26). This verse is not talking about the loss of salvation, as some have taken it to mean out of the context of the entire Book of Hebrews. It means that once you know all about Christ and his sacrifice, you have received knowledge of the truth, and if you reject that and try to turn back to the old covenant, you will die in your sin because there is no other sacrifice. The Jewish Temple was destroyed by September 8, 70 AD some 1948 years ago. Since that time, Jews have been unable to offer sacrifices for their sin. The good news is that those sacrifices never saved in the first place (See Hebrews 10:4). Jesus’s sacrifice can save forever those who come to him (Hebrews 7:25). If you reject Christ’s sacrifice once for all on the cross for you, there is no other sacrifice. No other religious leader ever died in your place, and no other religious leader ever came back to life. Only Christ did. He is superior to all others.