Vs. 8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The author of Hebrews has shared with us a wealth of Biblical truths…and in this chapter we see some of their applications. From loving others, being hospitable to all (you never know if you are entertainig angels), sympathizing and praying for those who suffer, love shown by committment to the family, doing good to all, and honoring & respecting spiritual leaders. And the promise we have is that Jesus the Great Shepherd equips His sheep with all that we need!
Regarding application…Turning To Christ. Vs. 13, “Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.” This is in reference to the Jews of the day turning back to Judaism and back to their lives as they once knew it. Jesus would reject the temple and the city ofJerusalem for their unbelief. The Jews were holding on to things of this world that have no eternal value. They were tempted to go back to the city and its ways because it was familiar and easier. But, literally and figuratively…the temple and city would be destroyed some forty years later. Likewise our bodies will also be destroyed and die one day.
Question: Why is it so hard to turn to Christ? Because humiliation and disgrace will follow us if we go outside (our comfort zone) and go to Jesus. If we are ashamed of Jesus then Jesus will be ashamed of us. How many times in my own life and the lives of others have I seen us worry more about what others will think….rather than what God will think. To bear His name, you will bear’s His disgrace. There are no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. We turn to Christ because we are reminded in this book of Hebrews all that He is….but more importantly, we turn to Him because His love for us is indescriable. Being content is not about what we possess…Being content is about having that peace in knowing you are hearing God’s voice and doing His will!