Jesus Is Better: Better Brother
We'll continue our new series on Hebrews entitled, "Jesus Is Better," with a look this week at the rest of chapter 1 and all of chapter 2. Our focus will be on how Jesus is a "Better Brother" to us.
Prelude – "Jesus Is Better"
We'll tune our hearts to the very theme of our series! The first verse and chorus set the tone for the morning: "There is no other so sure and steady. My hope is held in your hand. When castles crumble and breath is fleeting, upon this Rock I will stand. Glory, glory! We have no other King but Jesus, Lord of all. Raise the anthem. Our loudest praises ring. We crown him Lord of all."
"Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners"
We'll open up the corporate singing with the affirmation that Jesus has taken on our flesh, been tempted and tried as we are (Heb. 2:18) yet without sin! And now intercedes for us as our Savior and better brother. Where we fail, he never does! "Jesus! What a strength in weakness! Let me hide myself in him; tempted, tried, and sometimes failing, he my strength, my victory wins. Hallelujah! What a Savior! Hallelujah! What a friend! Saving, helping, keeping, loving, he is with me to the end."
Our text for the morning tells us that he is able to be our better brother because everything is subject to him. All has been placed under his feet. That's why we can trust in the hard moments of life that we are being kept perfectly by our Savior. "When darkness seems to hide his face, I rest on his unchanging grace; in every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil."
"King of Kings"
Our text also covers the saving work of Jesus on our behalf. He came to fulfill the Law and Prophets, to redeem and to reconcile. We'll sing of this good news and put a bow on the set with adoration as we sing of him as is now is, the King of kings. "To reveal the kingdom coming and to reconcile the lost, to redeem the whole creation, you did not despise the cross for even in your suffering you saw to the other side. Knowing this was our salvation, Jesus for our sake you died. Praise the Father, Praise the Son, Praise the Spirit, Three in One."
Response – "Jesus Paid It All"
We'll observe the Lord's Supper and be sent back into the world with another gospel proclamation that Jesus has paid for our every failing. He's paid our debt and raised us to new life, now and on the last day! "Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow. O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!"