“Christ first, that in all things He might have the pre-eminence – Motto for 1902.”
So reads a small framed panel we have in our entry hall, rescued years ago from an antiques store. Someone – who lives on only in memories and faded photographs and in this inscription – wanted a daily reminder of the supremacy of Jesus Christ.
The author of the book of Hebrews in the New Testament writes with a similar thought in mind. So Mike reminded us yesterday as he began a new series looking at this important letter.
Hebrews was written to encourage Christians in a time of trial – a time when the pressure and temptation to abandon their faith seemed almost overwhelming.
That may just make it the perfect medicine for Christians today in the face of the global Coronavirus pandemic and the associated fallout.
So, the author begins the letter by establishing the supremacy – the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ – for his audience.
But why not start with encouraging words like “God loves you and has a plan for your life” or something similar? Why talk about such ethereal things as the nature of Jesus Christ, and His power in creating and sustaining the universe?Continue reading