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March 17, 2024

Jesus: A Biblical View vs. Muslim & Jewish Beliefs (Hebrews 1:5-14)

Passage: Hebrews 1:5-14
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In this exploration into chapter 1 of Hebrews, Pastor Allen outlines some of the diverse perspectives surrounding the identity of Jesus, a pivotal figure in the world's major religions. With over 4000 belief systems globally, three prominent religions—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—each hold distinct views on Jesus. For Jews, He's a revered rabbi and teacher; in Islam, He's acknowledged as a great prophet, while Christians proclaim Him as God incarnate. The question arises: how do we discern truth amidst these varied beliefs? The author of Hebrews provides a compelling argument, rooted in Old Testament Scriptures, affirming Jesus's divinity.

Pastor Allen continues this important message by asserting God's historical mode of communication through prophets, culminating in the revelation of His Son in the last days. Transitioning into the meat of the discourse, the superiority of Jesus over angels is expounded upon. Firstly, Jesus is uniquely addressed as the "Son," a designation never attributed to angels. This distinction is underscored by a rhetorical question: to which angel did God declare, "You are My Son"? The Messianic resonance of Psalm 2 further illuminates Jesus's royal identity, established by divine decree rather than earthly birth or creation.

Moreover, Jesus's exaltation transcends angelic worship; all angels are instructed to bow before Him, emphasizing His divine sovereignty. Contrarily, worship of angels is firmly forbidden, underscoring Jesus's unparalleled status as the object of adoration. Drawing from Psalmic references, the discourse reaffirms Jesus's divine nature, contrasting it with the limited role of angels as mere servants.

Central to the argument is the designation of Jesus as "God," a title withheld from angels. Notably, while Islam regards Jesus as a prophet and Judaism views Him as a teacher, both traditions accept the Old Testament scriptures where God unequivocally identifies Jesus as divine. This theological discrepancy lies not in scripture but in the refusal to acknowledge its authority.

Further cementing Jesus's deity, the author quotes Psalms to affirm His role as the eternal Creator, distinct from earthly leaders or angelic beings. Jesus's lordship extends beyond creation to an immutable, eternal existence, indicative of his divine essence.

Concluding with a potent reminder from Psalm 110:1, the discourse reaffirms Jesus's unique position at the right hand of God, fulfilling messianic prophecies and offering salvation to humanity. In contrast, angels serve as ministering spirits to those who inherit salvation, underscoring Jesus's unmatched role in redemption.

In the context of diverse religious beliefs, the sermon emphasizes Jesus's supremacy over angels, refuting notions of His mere prophethood or angelic status. As believers, we affirm Jesus's identity as the Son of God, worthy of worship, bearing the divine title, and seated at the right hand of the Father. In our pursuit of truth, let us anchor ourselves in the revelation of Scripture, acknowledging Jesus's unrivaled sovereignty and lordship.

Join us at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, under the guidance of Pastor Allen Victor, as we delve deeper into the profound truths of Scripture.

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