The book of Hebrews was written to a church that was tired and confused. The Roman government was growing more and more hostile. Leaders of churches were imprisoned or worse, put to death. Property of Christians was confiscated by soldiers and judges. They had hoped for Jesus’ quick return and when He didn't come, some of them just gave up.
So, the writer of Hebrews writes a letter (better description would be sermon) to encourage the struggling church to remain faithful even when it is hard. How does the writer encourage the young church?
- We have a greater covenant. Jesus himself is our High Priest and our sacrifice, offered once and for all.
- Jesus understands what it means to be human.
- Jesus was faithful under hardship.
- So were the great saints (the writer names a lot of them).
- Only those who endure receive the reward, so, don’t give up.
And lastly, God keeps his promises even when circumstances cause us to doubt.
We are very close to the early church that received this letter. Read the book. Meditate on it.