Monday, May 2, 2011

Dead Heroes Don't Save

This past Easter I was able to deliver the message for our sunrise service. It was exciting since it was my first time "preaching". Normally I teach in a "classroom" setting, which is quite a different environment. God certainly blessed us with a beautiful morning and time together. Many have asked for a copy of the text so that can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Jesus is called a HERO using the Greek word archēgos four times in the NT (Acts 3:15; 5:31; Heb 2:10; 12:2). This word describes a hero as:
-         A Leader.
-         One who is a founder or originator of something
-         One who goes first (leads from the front) to open the way for others to follow.

The sermon examined Hebrews 2:10 looking at Jesus our HERO who tasted death for everyone but was raised to glory and honor. As our archēgos - the Hero of our salvation, He led the way so that we all could follow Him into glory. We then saw in Hebrews 7:11-25 that despite all of our dead heroes who can never save completely - Jesus can save because He lives!

 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he [lives] forever.


Consequently, he is able to save [completely] those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
This passage (Heb 7:25) is the “John 3:16” of Hebrews. It concisely gives us the gospel message.


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